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Gem Mountain

13780 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
+1 828-765-6130
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Family fun for all ages

I haven’t been to this place in 20 years. Prices are more but same family charm and great fun for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer T
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Raleigh, North Carolina
via mobile
A childhood favorite!

My family used to come to Gem Mountain all the time when visiting family in Spruce Pine. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Natalie W
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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!
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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13780 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I haven’t been to this place in 20 years. Prices are more but same family charm and great fun for all. This is a must do for any small or large group.

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family used to come to Gem Mountain all the time when visiting family in Spruce Pine. I absolutely love this place and wouldn't mind going back, even at the age of 21!

Thank Natalie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed taking my class to Gem Mountain! They talked to them about how to find gems and even gave them a card with pictures of the gems, bags to put them in, and all the help we needed. We visited the rock display...More

Thank debtim90
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the review! We love our school groups and look forward to them when they come. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoy flume "mining". It is relaxing and fun, even though we know the gems are planted in the buckets - it is still fun. But Gem Mountain is just a sub-standard "mining" experience. The buckets are expensive and the filler is gravel. Hard on...More

2  Thank Kats1986
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was our best mine excursion and we did find several gem size stones. A great time we were allowed to bring our small dog as well.

2  Thank birdwars
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We weren't expecting much and went primarily for the experience. In tow, I had two active seniors (hikers) and two boys (a tween & teenager).We were all surprised at not only what we found, but at how much fun it was! We did find a...More

1  Thank Waveblanca
Reviewed 31 July 2017

a fun thing to do, employees could have been a little more helpful,but it was fun and left you wandering what you will find next

Thank msc270
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Was really looking forward to gem mining here. But was a bit disappointed. One of the major things is when you buy a bucket (we bought a 4 gallon bucket which cost us $30!) the "gems" are in gravel. For someone that has never gone...More

3  Thank Megan G
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Hi, I'm sorry for your experience. Did you talk with someone about it? We do see the contents of every bucket that is sold because we no longer provide the bags outside. Everyone brings their stones in for identification. We do want every customer to...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

I have been frequenting this place for 25+ years. On the one hand, for it to still be in business is remarkable. If it had been my first visit I probably would have rated this activity a 5, but compared to the quality of stones...More

3  Thank Genie M
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Hi Vicki, we were glad to see you stop by. As you know from experience the buckets change all the time depending on what we have at the time of your visit. We've always had different types at any given time. That has not changed....More

Reviewed 1 July 2017

Gem Mountain is locally owned and operated by respected members of the community. Being a local it's great place to spend the day for some fun mining and shopping. Kids enjoy the day trip by mining and then getting to buy a cute trinket, topped...More

1  Thank Burnsvillenative
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

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tapathos
22 May 2017|
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Response from fox1234 | Property representative |
Hi! There is no set time to do the flume mining. Some people stay all day and some an hour or 2. The mine trips are around 4 hours. The mine trip does require a reservation. If you have any more questions please call us at... More
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arley g
11 July 2015|
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Response from Genie M | Reviewed this property |
This cannot be confirmed on TripAdvisor. You can call them at (828) 765-6130 or go on their website and contact them with your question/concern.
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