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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Adventure in semiprecious stone finding & gorgeous jewlery

Family had a great time finding the different types of semiprecious stones in the dirt and water... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mary J
Great time mining for gems

We knew we would have about 2 hours to kill before we could check into our cabin rental so we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Wolfpacker98
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
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+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Family had a great time finding the different types of semiprecious stones in the dirt and water. Staff was excellent assisting with the various settings for the stones in a bracelet and pendant. Looking forward to visiting again next year.

Thank Mary J
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We knew we would have about 2 hours to kill before we could check into our cabin rental so we wanted to take the girls gem mining. We've done one or two other mining spots before in other cities and those usually have lunch bag...More

Thank Wolfpacker98
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our kids are 8-12yo. We selected this business based on reviews. Our experience was awesome. The four of us shared the big daddy bucket. We were all pleased with the amount of gems found. We sifted our bucket twice, the visit lasted about 2 hours....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first gem mining experience was on our way up to Blowing Rock from Raleigh. We sluiced through buckets of mud - we got dirty, but it felt like legit gem mining. Then we tried another location in Boone - still sluicing buckets of mud,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an absolutely fabulous time mining our jewels! Mama got 2 cuts with our motherlode tub. But the bestest psrt of all was me getting a beautiful ruby and creating a perfect ring for my birthday😁😍. Overall very fun, great learning experience also. Very...More

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our second time visiting Foggy Mountain. Staff is always very friendly and accommodating. Kids always find some great gems.

Thank Tara V
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first mining experience. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. To add to that I came across some very nice gems. I left a large tiger eye stone with them to have a pendant with matching earrings made. I received...More

Thank nthilal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I went to the Foggy Mountain Gem Mine today and we had so much fun. The guys that run it are great. It’s a fun atmosphere and the guys are terrific. We got a medium bucket and found quite a few large...More

Thank kiddielandcorp
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve always been curious about “mining.” On a recent visit to the mountains, I checked TripAdvisor and found Foggy Mountain Gem Mine as highly rated. (There are lots of places from which to choose.) I got the $32 bucket and took my time sorting through...More

Thank Rav4gram
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our time at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine in Boone. The staff was what definitely set Foggy Mountain apart from other gem mines. They were so helpful and personable. We are extremely pleased with the variety of gems we found and decided to...More

Thank Gayleetro
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Carl S
7 January 2018|
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Response from foggymountaingems | Property representative |
Hello Carl, to answer your question No there is no daily admittance fee. We do however charge based on the size bucket you choose to go through. Our bucket sizes and prices are as follows: Rock-hound (2 gallons) $30, Big... More
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taheraisl
22 April 2017|
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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
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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.
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