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Emerald Village

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Address: McKinney Mine Rd. at Blue Ridge Pkwy., MM 334, Little Switzerland, NC
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+1 828-765-6463
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Fun afternoon on the way out of Asheville

We visited Emerald Village on their last open day of the season. Our little ones are into rocks lately so thought it would be fun to search for "gems". Got a medium bucket of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I took my 5 and 8 year old. They loved it. If you are looking for a great day trip, head to Emerald Village, Inc. in Little Switzerland. Go panning for emeralds, gems or gold, tour the inside of one the mines, or go on a black light tour in the mine held at night. The big Discovery Mill building... More 

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Thank Kimberly W
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Emerald Village on their last open day of the season. Our little ones are into rocks lately so thought it would be fun to search for "gems". Got a medium bucket of gravel (likely enriched with semiprecious rough stones). Spent a few hours digging through and sorting. The have a great outdoor and indoor picnic area and the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Didn't pan for gems. The mine tour was self-guided and did not really go into a mine, just an undercut area. There were pieces of old rusty mining equipment lying around. The museum displays looked like junky items thrown into storerooms. The staff was friendly but the attraction itself just did not offer much. Not suitable for handicapped or strollers.

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Thank Dale W
Spinnerstown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We stopped here as part of a tour. It was interesting but not the type of place you want to visit more than once. I would think families with children would like the experience of mining for gems.

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1 Thank peggypauline505
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were here on a rainy day and probably wouldn't have gone but for the rain. It's just OK. The artifacts are not being kept properly. The place is in private hands and they're trying but really it's kind of a tourist trap.

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1 Thank Liz G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Second time for me and the wife gem mining, first time here and for the teenagers. All had a good time seeing the mine and looking for gems and other minerals. Interesting g seeing some of the old equipment and workers are nice and very knowledgable.

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Thank Brent H
Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is an honest review. I live 2 hours away from Little Switzerland. Esmerald Village is located in Spruce Pine about 3 minutes to the Famous and beautiful Switzerland Inn and Big Lynn Lodge which in my opinion are fantastic places to stay if coming out of state. I bought a coupon from Groupon worth $11 for 4 people (... More 

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2 Thank Connie_H321
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I took my two children to Emerald Mining to have the opportunity to mine for rocks. I paid for the two buckets and the kids started going through the sand to find their "treasures". We tried to ask the two employees sitting behind the desk for help in identifying several of the rocks and received the worst attitude that I... More 

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Thank Mary E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We went here on a whim, looking for somewhere entertaining to take our son who wanted to gem mine, pan for gold and see a cave! This has all of the above and more!! Absolutely gorgeous ride out to it as well! Absolutely worth the pricing! We saw some beautiful Rainbow Trouts in the Bon Ami mine! Great history in... More 

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1 Thank Heather M
Emporia, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This place is great! Loved the mine and the waterfall and feeding the fish...they were jumping out of the water to get to the food!!!

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