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Sugar Creek Gem Mine

3045 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7424
+1 828-898-4367
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Great afternoon

Took our boys ages 10 and 12. We all had fun sifting through our bucket. The staff was very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amanda F
San Antonio, Texas
Fun time

We stopped at the gem mine after grandfather mountain. Not sure what I expected but I didn't think... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Arlington, VA
via mobile
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  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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3045 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7424
+1 828-898-4367

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took our boys ages 10 and 12. We all had fun sifting through our bucket. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the gem mine after grandfather mountain. Not sure what I expected but I didn't think I'd get a bucket of rocks and sand and then sifted them in water but that's what we did. It was pretty fun. The kids liked it....More

Thank Sara_sakflva
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Took the kiddos and had a wonderful, fun time!! We all enjoyed our Gem Finds and the staff was great! Staff was friendly and very helpful and could not have been more pleased with our experience!!

Thank Jill I
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

The gem mining was ok. Everyone had fun. But, the staff was only helpful when necessary. They did not go out of their way to assist you and were not exceptionally knowledgeable.

Thank k6schultz
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

We got the Glory Hole bucket with a family of five and we got a $35 credit towards jewel cutting. We found some amazing rubies, sapphires, sodalite, flourite, emeralds, and a gigantic smoky quartz! Highly recommend the big bucket, as there were many very large...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We loved this activity-we got the 2 gallon bucket for $32 and 3 of us enjoyed sifting through the sand for local gems. We found rubies, emeralds, petrified wood, labradorite, tigers eye...and so many more!

Thank MichelleOpes
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We bought a small bucket to mine & we ended up with approximately half of a ziplock sandwich bag full of potential gems. Fun location inside old rail cart! Nice staff!

Thank P_April2002
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

So, I've been to a few other gem mines in the area and we wanted to check this one out. We decided the night before we wanted to go to this one. We've always been able to just walk in when they first open without...More

1  Thank cgclearwater
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The first thing i will say is that the customer service was sub par, not as warm and welcoming as Foggy Gem Mining, however they did have a warm cool looking train that you can sit in while scavenging thru the rocks, we barely found...More

Thank Monica C
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We visited this gem shop July 2016. Clean and friendly people. The raw gems were nice and some were big. But I have many experience in this business. The raw stuff they had was not local as they claim. And my sister had two gem...More

1  Thank Jakar B
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