Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations. We are located in the mountain community of Boone, which is in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. We are the choice Gem Mine in our area because of the experience that is offered our guests by our knowledgeable staff, and because we offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best gem mines in the world. You are invited to come and satisfy your craving for a gem mine adventure and experience the thrill of discovery as you pan for gems. Just like miners from the old days, you will sift through dirt and rock using water flumes to find your treasures in the safety and comfort of our year round location on Hwy 105 in Boone. Regardless of the weather, you can search for gems since we have both outside and inside flumes. Each bucket of our gem stone mix contains genuine rough gems. We guarantee a gem find every time.
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1-2 hours
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April M
5 contributions
Nov 2022
Our family has a tradition to always go to Boone Thanksgiving Friday, spend the night, eat at Daniel Boone Inn and cut a tree on Saturday. Well, we are adding a stop at the Foggy Mtn. Gem Mine to that tradition from now on! On our way home we decided to stop and do some gem mining with the kids (ages 10, 4 and 1) along with Mom, Dad and YaYa. We got a $70 bucket and each of us found several nice pieces...we got another $70 bucket; it was so fun! Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable and were great with the kids. When we were done sifting through, they set out all our bags of gems and showed us what types of stones we had. I ended up having a few pieces polished and will be made into jewelry. Definitely a super friendly and family fun outing.
Written 28 November 2022
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Bethany
4 contributions
Nov 2022
Shared a bucket and found lots of small little items. Afterwards, they will go through your finds and tell you about each gem. Employees were super friendly.
Written 21 November 2022
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Krista k
Atlanta, GA13 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
First time customer. We went for me and my husband’s 15th year wedding anniversary. Overall very knowledgeable, nice experience. We purchased the “big daddy “ 70$ bucket and I made a jasper, tigers eye pendant. That I can’t wait to receive. We also purchased two smooth stones for our teen boys who stayed at home, while we had all the fun ;)
Written 23 July 2022
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steve
2 contributions
Jun 2022
A great way to spend some family time and learn about some of the beautiful stones that we might otherwise easily miss. A smaller bucket for a young family will do the trick, but I recommend working your way through a mother lode, which keeps older elementary and teens, as well as the adults, entertained for well over an hour. Great anytime, but especially when you have a rainy period. The staff are very helpful and go through your “finds” with you. And with the “mother lode”, you get one each - a cut and polished stone (faceted) and a polished oval. Our last visit got us a cut citrine and a polished tiger’s eye.
Written 6 June 2022
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The Beckster
Largo, FL57 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Have been to six gem mines around Asheville and Boone areas. This one is at the bottom of the list. Bought a $70 bucket and most meager find of any gem mine. They had us put the non-special rocks (almost all of them) back inside a bucket. I’m sure those were recycled. Six people ‘working’ and no one outside seeing how people are doing. They were visiting with each other or on their cellphones. Best mines are nearby Doc’s Rocks, Gem Mountain, Rio Doce and Elijah Mountain. Stay away from this one.
Written 23 May 2022
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tckitty2018
Salinas, CA37 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Oh my goodness this was so much fun. We bought the small $30 dollar bucket was enough for 3 adults to have fun with. You sift through rocks and sand as you did in the gold rush days with water and a sifter. We got lots of awesome semi precious and precious stones. I would do this again if I could with my grandchildren if we lived in the area. Definitely recommend.
Written 10 May 2022
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Victoria B
Raleigh, NC1,398 contributions
Oct 2021
I didn't have high expectations for this spot, but it really impressed me. We have two littles, but one was snoozing in the car and we didn't want to interrupt, so my husband went in with our oldest and got set up. They were having so much fun, he wanted me to join in, so he came out and we traded off and I went in to finish up the gem mining and participate in the classifying and categorizing of the stones. This was interesting to me and I was shocked at how much we found! I would have LOVED to have some of our stones cut, but we didn't have time (or two adults in the room to discuss) the options of that, so we just brought them all home. A fantasticly fun experience! Of course, my oldest would say the highlight was the rock candy! Ha!
Written 22 April 2022
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Mark T
Orlando, FL426 contributions
Nov 2021
Great outdoor activity for kids during covid. They also offered indoor gem mining with an informative staff
Written 17 January 2022
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Gene S
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
Got two 5 gallon buckets for family reunion grandchildren had a blast thank you so much for the good times
Written 30 November 2021
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tbmoorefield
Belmont, NC38 contributions
Nov 2021
We took my nephews here and we all had a great experience. Purchased a $30 dollar bucket for the two of them and they were able to find some really cool gems. The staff were friendly and helpful and it was a great overall experience.
Written 16 November 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM