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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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I took a friend this weekend who had never experienced gem mining and she was like a 9 year old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Perfect for rainy day

Friendly staff, knowledgeable, gave great suggestions on food. Gems little small but enough that... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
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4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a friend this weekend who had never experienced gem mining and she was like a 9 year old child. We shared a Big Daddy bucket and found so many nice gems, ordered a few each to be mailed to our addresses in a...More

Thank Coastal802024
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very basic gem mining facility when compared to others my family has visited. The prices seemed a little higher than normal and we did not leave with as many gems as we are used to. In addition, after we were finished, the...More

Thank PastorBrandon81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, knowledgeable, gave great suggestions on food. Gems little small but enough that it’s not a waste of time. Would recommend

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their prices are high compared to other mines we've visited. We found quite a few gems and had a sapphire ring made. We were told it would take about two weeks to receive it in the mail but it took a month. The stone was...More

Thank Janelizabeth1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here for the first time and had the best experience. The staff are friendly and knowledgable. Can't wait to get our stones in the mail.

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

My first time at the mine. I was invited as a guest with a friend of mine who had been several times before. We got a whole wheelbarrow of rocks and it took us three or four hours to get through everything. The staff was...More

Thank geechie52
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Return visit for us. Came here a few years ago when kids were younger and all of us had the best time!! Returned this year, 13 yr old in tow, and still had a blast! The staff is very friendly and very knowledgable. At the...More

Thank Smith435
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

GREAT PLACE, awesome staff and very knowledgeable.Everyone in our group had a great time.This was our fourth time here and every time we have had gems cut for us. Every time things were as promised 👍👍

Thank normack5154
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We just came from this amazing little place. Our 10 year old son had a blast mining for gems! Micheal E was very informative about the gems we collected. Emeralds and other precious stones. I highly recommend stopping at this little place. $30 for a...More

Thank kmawhiney2018
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We had so much fun and went home with some very nice gems. I have to say, I was so impressed with the quality of the earrings and the pendant we had cut and placed into settings. They were beautiful. The owners even sent a...More

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Carl S
7 January 2018|
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Response from Ambassador205589 | Reviewed this property |
You get buckets. Depending on the size is the price. We have done this for years and I can't count on how many times we have gone to foggy mountain but always get the mother loads which I believe is $110 a 5 gal bucket I... More
22 April 2017|
Response from featherlane | Reviewed this property |
You will be purchasing a "bucket" of rocks - there is a bucket size to fit any budget. One or many in your party can sift and find gems. You get to keep ALL of your gems - in fact they actually go through your discarded pile... More
Katrina S
14 April 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Obviously planning is important and taking that hour or more to really enjoy the experience is important. I go in the mornings..best time and not so busy.