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Emerald Village

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Address: 331 McKinney Mine Rd., (near Blue Ridge Parkway), Little Switzerland, NC 28749
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+1 828-765-6463
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 1 hour from Asheville, NC, is...

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 1 hour from Asheville, NC, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction! Go underground in a real mine at the NC Mining Museum. See old mining equipment and displays, and enjoy the splashing waterfall! Tour the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with free displays, including the Music Museum, the Homestead Museum, the Blue Ridge model railroad display, and gift and snack shops. Spend time at our spectacular Gemstone Mine where you’ll have “buckets” of fun searching for real gems. Find colorful gems and keep them all! We also offer custom gem cutting, jewelry making, Gold Panning, night time Black Light mine tours, digging for minerals and digging for emeralds at the world-famous Crabtree Emerald Mine! You’ll have a gem of a day!

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We had actually dropped by just to sign the forms and pay to go to the Crabtree Emerald Mine and do some actual digging and rock-breaking. They were very helpful showing us what... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
marfita
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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Middleburg, Florida
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117 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my nephew to the gem minds. He loves sifting through the rocks to find some gems. Mine was interesting. Gift shop ok.

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Thank susans1007
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this review

Fun for kids of ALL ages! More 

Raleigh, NC
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64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were getting off the parkway and Little Switzerland closed. I had read about this and thought it would be fun. We didn't know if it would be open on Easter, but we lucked out. They have a shop with many gems and cold drinks and fudge. My husband loves gems and rocks and had a fun time looking at... More 

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Thank Belletrist21
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this review

We are so glad you had a fun visit! That's what we are here for! And we appreciate your comments about our staff; they try hard to be the best! More 

Greenwood, South Carolina
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113 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had actually dropped by just to sign the forms and pay to go to the Crabtree Emerald Mine and do some actual digging and rock-breaking. They were very helpful showing us what to look for and enthusiastic considering we weren't using their facility. We did use the bathrooms later, and they were scrupulously clean and beautiful.

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Thank marfita
Canton, GA
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81 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best part of this attraction for our family was the gem mining - the kids got some decent stones from the kids' bucket. The rest of the tour is okay, but not too exciting.

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Thank JRusCanton
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this review

Not just good buckets, but our customers tell us they are the best gem buckets! More 

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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I took my 5 and 8 year old. They loved it. If you are looking for a great day trip, head to Emerald Village, Inc. in Little Switzerland. Go panning for emeralds, gems or gold, tour the inside of one the mines, or go on a black light tour in the mine held at night. The big Discovery Mill building... More 

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Thank Kimberly W
Hong Kong, China
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Emerald Village on their last open day of the season. Our little ones are into rocks lately so thought it would be fun to search for "gems". Got a medium bucket of gravel (likely enriched with semiprecious rough stones). Spent a few hours digging through and sorting. The have a great outdoor and indoor picnic area and the... More 

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Thank HKBuckeye
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61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Didn't pan for gems. The mine tour was self-guided and did not really go into a mine, just an undercut area. There were pieces of old rusty mining equipment lying around. The museum displays looked like junky items thrown into storerooms. The staff was friendly but the attraction itself just did not offer much. Not suitable for handicapped or strollers.

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Thank Dale W
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Sorry you didn't do the gem mining as our customers tell us that's the most fun part! Since we are a Mining Museum we do have old rusty mining equipment laying around, and every piece has a story to tell! The main mission of Emerald Village is to preserve our mining heritage, and to share it.... More 

Spinnerstown, Pennsylvania
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146 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We stopped here as part of a tour. It was interesting but not the type of place you want to visit more than once. I would think families with children would like the experience of mining for gems.

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1 Thank peggypauline505
Charlotte, North Carolina
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98 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were here on a rainy day and probably wouldn't have gone but for the rain. It's just OK. The artifacts are not being kept properly. The place is in private hands and they're trying but really it's kind of a tourist trap.

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1 Thank Liz G
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Second time for me and the wife gem mining, first time here and for the teenagers. All had a good time seeing the mine and looking for gems and other minerals. Interesting g seeing some of the old equipment and workers are nice and very knowledgable.

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Thank Brent H

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