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Gem Mountain

13780 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
+1 828-765-6130
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We had a blast looking for and finding precious gems/stones. The place is clean, bathrooms are... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Docc1
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NC
Pretty rocks, pretty price

We found the place quite easily. The sign is big and hard to miss. When you park, there is a flume... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tapathos
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Houston, Texas
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We offer gem mining at it's best! You can mine the buckets here at the flume line or you can take the 4 hour trip out to the mine to dig your own. The mine trips do require a reservation. You can do the mining at the flume rain or shine. We also have a General Store/Gift Shop, Jewelry Shop, a free fluorescent mine display, a picnic area to go along with the gem mining. We also have gold panning. We are located one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway so there are lots of places to do hiking if you like. Come and enjoy a fun filled day with us!
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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13780 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a blast looking for and finding precious gems/stones. The place is clean, bathrooms are great, and they tell you the stones and bag them for you when you are finished. (I think to try and get you to pay for a "cut" on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the place quite easily. The sign is big and hard to miss. When you park, there is a flume section. Go there and on the side of the building is a “booth” where they sell buckets. We bought a bucket and got to...More

Thank tapathos
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope you all had a great time. I wanted to be sure to point out that the cutting is plainly listed where buckets are sold and the sign says what value you will get...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At Gem Mountain, the focus seems to be on cutting stones rather than the actual panning/mining experience. My sons and I enjoy "finding" and collecting stones and have visited several "mining", establishments. Here the gems and minerals are mixed into buckets of gravel instead of...More

Thank Jennifer A
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review. We are glad to hear you had a good time. Our focus is on fun and entertainment. Cutting is an option that many people enjoy and I'm glad to hear you did as well. That is an...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to take my daughter and girlfriend here as neither one have been to a gem finding store. Got a big bucket for $55 but even though it's high priced, we did find a lot of gems. We could have gotten them cut there but...More

Thank Jake R
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you all came. Just to let you know, we do cut the stones and mail them to you. If you ever decide you would like them cut you can mail them in and we will be...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have found many a treasure here...Our kids love to "Mine" and we enjoy picking through the rocks and minerals getting excited over our finds. We always bring our visiting family and friends here too and everyone has fun and feels they got something special...More

Thank Mootheart
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Poor selection. Pushy people. Difficult parking. Nothing unique here. Didn't seem to care whether we were there or not. HIGH PRICES... $$$$$More

Thank Randall R
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi! I wanted to get back with you on your review. I'm not sure what you mean by poor selection. We have at least 26+ different kinds of gems to find in our buckets. Our jewelry selection can't be beat. We offer page after page...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

My wife & I have been here twice. Everyone is friendly and very helpful. We have come home with at least 2 full bags of gem worthy stones each time, we have had a garnet cut & a topaz cut & both are beautiful. We...More

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fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review. We can't wait to see you again soon!

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Gem Mountain is a good family vacation spot. It is fun to watch the kids, and you can get your gems cut right there. They mail you the finished cut and polished stone. I have had several stones cut there.

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fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. So glad you all had a great time. We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 18 April 2017

No worries about getting dirty! Clean buckets of rock/pebbles. I chose the small bucket for about $33 and chose the assortment gem bucket. Personally, thought I received a lot of nice stones. Nickel/Dime size and up...about 40 and Half dollar in size and larger at...More

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fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you had a great time! Come again soon!

Reviewed 5 March 2017

This was our third trip back in 13 years. People are very helpful and friendly. Facility is very nice, but compared to previous trips the gems we got were far fewer and not as varied as in past visits. As part of a planned trip,...More

Thank pisces9100
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry you didn't get as much as previous visits. Did you alert staff? We definitely want our customers happy so always tell us if there's a problem. We look forward to your next visit!

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tapathos
About how long dig you spend here?
22 May 2017|
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Response from fox1234 | Property representative |
Hi! There is no set time to do the flume mining. Some people stay all day and some an hour or 2. The mine trips are around 4 hours. The mine trip does require a reservation. If you have any more questions please call us at... More
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arley g
I would like to confirm that we are set up for a 10am appt. july 25th to go into the mine Arley M Galliher 7 in the group total
11 July 2015|
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Response from Genie M | Reviewed this property |
This cannot be confirmed on TripAdvisor. You can call them at (828) 765-6130 or go on their website and contact them with your question/concern.
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