Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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JAXTRAVELLINGMOM
Jacksonville, Florida65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The tourist attraction was surprising fun for my entire family which included 2 teenagers. We were given a small discount on our $40 bucket for being in the military, which was a nice gesture. We learned a lot about gemstones after we found our stones from the bucket. We also ordered 2 pieces of jewelry from our findings. The price was quite high for the jewelry compared to what downtown Boone sold in their shops(sterling plus gemstones). I paid the high price bc it was a fun memory for my girls and they will always have that piece of jewelry to remember our trip by.
Written 3 January 2024
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Cabergy
69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
$40 for a small bucket (about a gallon) so we left and didn't do it. The attached store is old and out dated and had nothing much to sell. The person who was behind the register didn't know too much about how some of the things worked there. He wasn't able to tell us what we would expect to find or not find in a bucket so I wasn't going to pay $40 for rocks. There were a few people doing it because it was a rainy day but I couldn't see that they found too much.
Written 21 November 2023
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Diane C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This company is so professional and helpful! I have been to other places like this that had only 1 employee (that was not helpful) and didn't even carry half sizes of ring settings, or I would have had a stone mounted. My family came to visit from out of state and we chose Foggy Mountain. As soon as we walked in the door I knew we would have fun there! Lots of very helpful employees, clean, and cheerful. We had a great time and bought several pieces of jewelry with help from a very knowledgeable young lady! Definitely the place to choose when wanting to mine!
Written 8 October 2023
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WanderingTexan
Austin, TX12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My daughter begged us to go gem mining so we did. No real reason why we selected Foggy Mountain over others in the area. We went to the facility off 321 and purchased the smallest bucket (there are only three of us). We left with half a bag of gems and my seven year old was thrilled!

After we found our gems, one of the employees sorted them for us and showed us what the looked like polished. We did opt to turn one into a pendant for my daughter. I did appreciate that the employee told us not so spend the money on the silver chain as we could get better somewhere else.

Not the highlight of my trip and a bit touristy for me, but my daughter absolutely loved it.
Written 7 July 2023
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MW
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This place underpromises and overdelivers. This is a great place to visit as you can enjoy it rain or shine. I was concerned that my 12 year old would be bored by doing this activity as he thought it was for "little kids." Once we got started, all four of us in the group were having a blast (including my parents, myself, and my son). We purchased the 5 gallon bucket of rocks and it took us about 45 minutes to mine all of our gems. (we had 2-3 of us working at any given time). Once all of our gems were collected we met with a sorter and he helped us identify what we had found and showed us what each of them was used for.

The staff were incredibly friendly and so knowledgeable. You have the option to have your gems cut and polished for a cost which we did for a couple of them. With the purchase of the 5 gallon pail we got one gem of a certain type cut and polished for free.

There is a great gift shop here as well which we found several items in to take home with us.

I cannot recommend this place enough. Do not pass it by!
Written 25 June 2023
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April M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 $70 bucket; it was so fun! Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable and were great with the kids. When we were done sifting through, they set out all our bags of gems and showed us what types of stones we had. I ended up having a few pieces polished and will be made into jewelry. Definitely a super friendly and family fun outing.
Written 28 November 2022
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Bethany
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Shared a bucket and found lots of small little items. Afterwards, they will go through your finds and tell you about each gem. Employees were super friendly.
Written 21 November 2022
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Krista k
Atlanta, GA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
First time customer. We went for me and my husband’s 15th year wedding anniversary. Overall very knowledgeable, nice experience. We purchased the “big daddy “ 70$ 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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