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The Greater Foscoe Mining Co.

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Address: 8998 Nc Hwy 105 South, Foscoe, NC
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+1 828-963-5928
09:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 05:00

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Fun place, $50 for a bucket got a family of 5 fun for a good hour, maybe more. The kids LOVED it (so did the parents) and were totally impressed with our haul. Every $50 bucket... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun place, $50 for a bucket got a family of 5 fun for a good hour, maybe more. The kids LOVED it (so did the parents) and were totally impressed with our haul. Every $50 bucket gets a geode - we had it cut next door for $30 and will be placing it on the mantel. Got a lot of... More 

Thank januaryanna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We drove around a few of the mining experiences in the area. I am so glad though that we came here! It felt very authentic. The building it was housed in was beautiful. Found lots of lovely gems and the guy helped to classify them for us at the end. Great value for 4 adults. We all enjoyed it. Well... More 

Thank Katie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

A fun and exciting way to spend an hour or so in the beautiful High County of North Carolina. Panning for gems at the mine is relaxing, while finding the actual uncut gems is exciting. Afterward, head to Facets of Roscoe just below the mine and have Matt show you what exactly you've found and how it can look when... More 

Thank Donna S
Morehead City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here for some gem mining. This was a much better experience than most other gem mines. The buckets are "salted" so you are sure to find something. Perfect for small kids or the young at heart. Get a large bucket and the whole family can have fun for atleast an hour. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Recommend... More 

Thank CarolinaThinBlue
Elkin, North Carolina
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

My boys loved looking for the gems. Reasonably priced, staff was nice and knowledgable. Just as good as any other gem mine in the area.

Thank Ricky H
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We love gem mining at Great Foscoe. Our recent trip was our second visit and probably not our last. If there's a group of you, buy a bigger bucket to share. We're told your chances of getting some good stones increases with the larger buckets. It's great that they will go through your finds and separate the stones, so you... More 

Thank ontheroadagain65
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The large bucket was shared and all had fun. Found a geode and many stones and a few gems .had some saffires and rubies cut for jewelry.a great time for all with souvenirs to stimulate good memories

Thank dorma002
Chehalis, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Guys were eager to take your money, set up your dirt to get you started, but not helpful after that. Very disappointed with our finds. Four of us visited many mines and this one did not come close to any of the others. We would not recommend this one.

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Matt L, Manager at The Greater Foscoe Mining Co., responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. As Manager, I want to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable time and a memorable experience. Please contact me directly at your convenience. My telephone number is (828)963-5928 Matt Lambert Manager Greater Foscoe Mining Company More 

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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We stopped here to mine for gems after enjoying a day at Grandfather mountain. We had never mined for gems and didn't know what to expect. We purchased a bucket for about $26.00. This was a good size for the three of us. We mined for about an hour and had great fun finding many gems. The guys were helpful... More 

Thank SamPaulL
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

My nieces and nephews had a marvelous time playing in the muddy water and coming up with stones and beautiful rocks. Engaging, entertaining, and almost educational. The staff are friendly and helpful. It doesn't look like much as you drive by between Boone and Banner Elk, but it is worth a stop.

Thank woodrock

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