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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

Open Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Very fun and great jewelry was made from our finds!

The adults enjoyed this as much as my teenager. Bought the small bucket for $30. Found lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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Our kids were driving us crazy once again to gem mine. We had a great time as always and the wife... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ben J
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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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All reviews stones cut big daddy gallon bucket tiger eye mining experience precious stones rose quartz rainy day staff was extremely helpful great fun for kids fun activity a lot of fun whole family can't wait to go back mines polished jewelry
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The adults enjoyed this as much as my teenager. Bought the small bucket for $30. Found lots of stones. Had an amethyst ring and a sodalite pendant (both set in sterling silver) made from our finds which are very meaningful souvenirs from our trip. Staff...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bellabelle1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our kids were driving us crazy once again to gem mine. We had a great time as always and the wife purchased some earrings to be made and sent to us. We have previously ordered a necklace from them with no issue. Just a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ben J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The kids enjoyed their 5-gallon bucket worth of gem mining. Our son loves geology and had a really good time sharing his knowledge with our family. It was his peak of the trip! Staff were friendly and knowledgeable but felt like we got the same...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ibdqt34
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great activity to do with the kids. Our two kids shared a bucket. At the end of mining our bucket they went through all the gems and told us what they were. That was really cool. You have the option for them...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank RyanH366
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did a middle sized bucket with our two kids and it was perfect! They had a wonderful time and it got my 12 year old interested in geology! The staff do a great job of educating in a fun way. Highly recommend for all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dtetown
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Gem mining is great fun especially when you uncover a gigantic ruby or emerald. We got lucky at this place and found some great stones. The staff is available to help identify the good ones and give you a good price for turning what you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joanwilder95
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I stopped here on our way home and loved it! We found so many stones and the staff was very friendly and explained everything to us before and after we found the stones. Plan on returning next time we are in town.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gerdiesi2016
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We stayed the night in Boone and the wife decided this would be a great stop before extending our Blue Ridge Parkway odyssey. I had no idea. We were the only ones (of 3) who didn't have a kid, so I felt out of place....More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank John I
Reviewed 11 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Coastal802024
Reviewed 5 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.