Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

Spruce Pine, NC

Where are we going?

Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine
13780 NC-226
Spruce Pine
NC 28777


What is there to do?

Underground adventure has never been so sparkly with Gem Mountain's Gemstone Mines!

There are two fun adventures to be had at Gem Mountain. The first, is real life gem hunting! How exciting that you could walk away with your very own shiny jewels!

They supply the tools, and then the whole family just has to focus on having fun, and seeing what you can find. The best part? You find keep them!

You can even make jewelry from what you find, with their gem cutters on site. Imagine what you can find! They have Crabtree emerald, monostones, citrine, ruby, garnet, amethyst, and even sapphire.

All of the action takes place at the gemstone flime. It's here - rain or shine - that you can test your skills. All you do, is take a scoop of the rough material and place it on your screen, and rinse it with clean water.

Keep an eye out for the shiny colors!

If you want to experience a very cool mine tour, Gem Mountain can let you explore one of the oldest mines in the entire area. The Hoot Owl Mine has been dormant for years, but at one time they actually found stones weighing up to 150lbs!

The Bushy Creek Mine tours are conducted as weather permits, and reservations are necessary. Here, the primary stone found is aquamarine. There are a number of tools they use to find all the gems, and it's so much fun finding out all about them!

Underground AND overground fun at this North Carolina historic attraction.

Dig deep, and have fun!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Gem Mining Bags from $40. $75 Bucky Creek Mine.

Children: Gem Mining Bags from $40. $35 Bucky Creek Mine.


Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can support you. They can give you advice.


When can we go?

9am - 6pm Memorial to Labor Day. 9am - 5pm rest of year

March 1st to December 31st. Closed Sundays


Any top tips?

Make sure you reserve the mine yours, as they fill up quite far in advance.

I’m Hungry!

The general store sells ice cream, candies and treats!

Healthy Eating

It's worth taking bottled water and healthy snacks to enjoy, and keep you filled with energy! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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