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Address: 13780 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
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We offer gem mining at it's best! You can mine the buckets here at the...

We offer gem mining at it's best! You can mine the buckets here at the flume line or you can take the 4 hour trip out to the mine to dig your own. The mine trips do require a reservation. You can do the mining at the flume rain or shine. We also have a General Store/Gift Shop, Jewelry Shop, a free fluorescent mine display, a picnic area to go along with the gem mining. We also have gold panning. We are located one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway so there are lots of places to do hiking if you like. Come and enjoy a fun filled day with us!

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Found some gems!

Went here on a whim, turned out to be a good choice. Went on a weekday so not that busy. Got the native bucket...found a lot of cool things. Had a topaz cut and it arrived today... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Sally M
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Pensacola, Florida
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gem Mountain is a good family vacation spot. It is fun to watch the kids, and you can get your gems cut right there. They mail you the finished cut and polished stone. I have had several stones cut there.

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Thank Itsgood2017
minneapolis
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

No worries about getting dirty! Clean buckets of rock/pebbles. I chose the small bucket for about $33 and chose the assortment gem bucket. Personally, thought I received a lot of nice stones. Nickel/Dime size and up...about 40 and Half dollar in size and larger at least 20. Disgarded anything smaller.

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Thank agr8lifedmr
Mauckport, Indiana
1 review
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This was our third trip back in 13 years. People are very helpful and friendly. Facility is very nice, but compared to previous trips the gems we got were far fewer and not as varied as in past visits. As part of a planned trip, it was disappointing to get what felt like a bucket of mostly gravel.

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Thank pisces9100
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The staff were wonderful. Great bucket mining. We bought the small bucket with mixed rocks for $33 and found good sized stones. Highly recommended.

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Thank Lilibeth S
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting us! We hope that you will come back again sometime! More 

Marion, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Our 6 year old grandson is crazy about gems so we took him and his 3 year old brother here to explore the mines. We bought a $30 bucket and he went crazy pulling the gems out before we could even get to the flume! He had a blast and it was well worth the money we paid. He was... More 

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Thank Mary A
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad to hear that you all had a blast. Can't wait for your next visit! More 

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115 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

A lot of the other places in the area just ship in filler dirt to mix with the gems they purchased around the world. This place has gems from local mines which I think is nicer. The point of the other places are to sell you mounts and cutting for the gems you "mined". That's where they make their money... More 

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Thank Hachitaeqs
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting with us! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Pensacola, Florida
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Went here on a whim, turned out to be a good choice. Went on a weekday so not that busy. Got the native bucket...found a lot of cool things. Had a topaz cut and it arrived today all I can say is WOW I love it.

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Thank Sally M
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this review

So glad to hear you were pleased with your topaz. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2016

this is a great place to take your kids. we are all adults and had so much fun. the gems you find are great

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Thank Randon S
Naples, Florida
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I love mining it's as though gardening or weeding. Therapeutic ! I get my rocks to go and come home and do the sifting on my own! Plus I get a bag full of expensive rock to put down in my drive!

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Thank janer915
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Had a great time panning for gems! Bought a normal size bucket and had lots of pretty gems in it. Will be back!

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Thank 20HappyCampers15
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Can't wait to see you again! More 

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