Emerald Village, Little Switzerland

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  • This has some neat exhibits of an old feldspar mine. The waterfall is beautiful, and a wide variety of gem items in the gift shops. Staff was very freindly  more »
  • My husband and I had the BEST TIME!!! Not only is the area itself just stunning, the staff at Emerald Village were awesome as well! We had great chats with the woman in the Mine gift shop and with Wal...  more »
  • Stopped off here on our road trip and were really glad that we did. There is lots to see on the overall site that spreads on both sides of the road. Although obviously abandoned some time ago you almo...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic. There is a guided tour of an old gem mine. You also have the opportunity to find real gemstones such as quartz, sapphires,and various other unique gemstones. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in semiprecious and precious gems.
  • Very pretty in the cave where they used to mine for the mineral to make Bon AMI scouring powder. There is a pool with large fish. It's green and peaceful by the cave Lots of artifacts from the mining days. You can,gem mine and pan for gold. We enjoyed it very much.
  • There is a lot to do at this very hidden attraction near Little Switzerland, NC. There are numerous exhibits (mining related and not so much), most of which are free. There is a model railroad exhibit, wildlife exhibit, minerals exhibits and antiques galore. Oh, and the place has emerald mining. The staff is knowledgeable and quite friendly. They will even help you carry your buckets, if needed. Don't expect to make a fortune on gem quality minerals here, but you never know. Either way, you will get dirty and wet---and have a good time with the family mining gems. The drive is a bit long and daunting, but you will have fun if rocks are your thing. Native buckets have mostly (almost all) feldspar and moonstone. The mix buckets are great for the kids to get some minerals for the collection. They offer cabbing but not faceting. You can also risk mining the "dumps" on your own for a fee, but most people would prefer to sit down at the flume and enjoy a bucket or two. Don't expect to get rich--do expect to have a good day out with the family.
  • Its neat but understand its not a mine, just more of a ledge. Had some cool old mining equipment there. Overall it was ok.
  • We LOVED Emerald Village! My husband and I - age 72 found the mine tour and history of the mines fascinating! To actually go down into the mine after watching a video of the history and stories of the people who owned and worked in the mines was very interesting! We also went gem hunting - it was such fun finding gemstones! $20 for a large bucket kept us both busy for hrs. We found lots of beauties and had a large Amethyst cut into a large pendant. We highly a visit to the Emerald Mines.

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