Sugar Creek Gem Mine, Banner Elk

3.6
#9 of 12 in Things to do in Banner Elk
Sugar Creek Gem Mine is located in Banner Elk. Our Banner Elk route planner makes visiting Sugar Creek Gem Mine and other Banner Elk attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Create an itinerary including Sugar Creek Gem Mine
map
Sugar Creek Gem Mine Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
63 reviews
Google
3.9
TripAdvisor
  • Took our boys ages 10 and 12. We all had fun sifting through our bucket. The staff was very friendly and helpful.  more »
  • We stopped at the gem mine after grandfather mountain. Not sure what I expected but I didn't think I'd get a bucket of rocks and sand and then sifted them in water but that's what we did. It was prett...  more »
  • Took the kiddos and had a wonderful, fun time!! We all enjoyed our Gem Finds and the staff was great! Staff was friendly and very helpful and could not have been more pleased with our experience!!  more »
Google
  • The employee s we're very nice and we found alot of stuff
  • The staff was awesome, but we were very disappointed with our gem findings. Compared to other gems and bucket size (5 gal), they were small, very poor quality and VERY sparse.
  • We came near the end of the day and it was just my husband, son and me in the shop. At first, we flinched at the prices for gem mining because the smallest, the 2-gallon bucket, starts at $30ish, but thought, 'Wait, the other place we went, they gave us maybe a quart-sized pale and it was $12'. We got the 2-gallon bucket, the girl led us outside into a real, old train car that had the flowing water setup and as we went along, we found a lot of really nice raw gemstones! The girl went over the gems we found, which included ruby, emerald, amazonite, topaz, toumaline, apatite, sodalite, citrine, garnet, amethyst, a Mexican fire opal, and a lot of different colored quartz. All-in-all, my family had a fantastic time and my son can't wait to go back when we drive up to NC again.
  • Staff was extremely friendly , helpful and knowledgeable. 5 Stars all day long. Good finds too!
  • Don't believe what they tell you very bad experience ! If you find some rocks there don't leave them .

Plan your trip to Banner Elk

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Banner Elk

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Banner Elk by other users

8 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Bryson City & Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, relaxing, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Banner Elk, Helen & Great Smoky Mountains National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Savannah, Asheville & Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Banner Elk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans