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Emerald Village, Little Switzerland
(4.1/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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 li...  more »
  • 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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  • Where to start... wait, quick review. Awesome day for the fam. Now, the caveat and long read is we are rock hounds. So, rock hounds... keep sniffing for beta... The displays and brochure are fantastic. I'm a male, love museums and read most plaques so the novel idea of numbering the displays and putting cross ref description in the brochure was key. I can quickly take a photo and read at depth later! My wife and 4 yo daughter loved the grounds, beauty, and waterfall. Feeding the rainbow trout kept the tot busy running for hours. To max tot tiredness, be sure to give only 1 fish pellet at a time and at great distance. History photos of the mine kept my beautiful wife busy ready so I could geek out looking at the steam gear. Unmanned museum had great displays and info. We bought the smallest dirt bucket and stealthily fished out good micro specimens - emeralds and aquamarine included. But no way cutting these booger sized gems. One of the best things of kids filtering dirt is they don't care if the crystal point is an amethyst, quartz or a ruby! Great life lesson! Downer: I feel bad for bad mouthing anyone but watch out for possible free loading biz Emerald Mines nearby enticing you to pull off the road. Might be legit but at glance looked like a ghost town tourist trap and poser. Overall enjoy the journey of little Switzerland, the high views, and have a good map in case your mobiles don't work.
  • WE had so much fun......a great little tour of this place was enjoyable, and informative. Very beautiful area. Loved mining for gemstones.....though we were laughing quite a bit while panning through our bucket. These gems were giant! I'd scoop from the bucket into my grid, and ask my daughter, "Do you think I have anything in this scoop?", while laughing at the giant 5" blue stone. I love rocks, gems etc....so, love getting the giant gems....
  • Family hiked Crabtree Falls, and as a sidetrip, toured your museum today. We're glad we did! Friendly staff and interesting artifacts regarding the history of the mines.
  • We checked out the museums, mine tour, and mining. Even though the gem buckets are salted, we still had fun "mining" here. We found a lot of nice things in our bucket, and had a great time.
  • Ok, this place was pretty.cool. Even though it may be rigged, we had a great time looking through out bucket, and Brenda actually did find some emeralds, and I did find a pretty big tiger eye, and a lot of cool blue stones and reddish and amethyst and quartz and we felt like buying a pick and a shovel!!! Thus was a nice way to spend some time out of the car on our trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway. The folks are friendly. I don't know about getting anything cut or mounted, but we did find it interesting. Across the street Is the mining museum. For 35$we had a blast.