Gem Mountain, Spruce Pine

#311 of 546 in Things to do in North Carolina Mountains
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  • July 30, 2017
    a fun thing to do, employees could have been a little more helpful,but it was fun and left you wandering what you will find next  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Was really looking forward to gem mining here. But was a bit disappointed. One of the major things is when you buy a bucket (we bought a 4 gallon bucket which cost us $30!) the "gems" are in gravel. F...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    I have been frequenting this place for 25+ years. On the one hand, for it to still be in business is remarkable. If it had been my first visit I probably would have rated this activity a 5, but compar...  more »
  • April 27, 2017
    I had such a great time, we bought the 80$ bucket of gems and had a Garnet cut, I just received it back in the mail and the stone is so beautiful. Thank you all for making it such a fun experience! I really enjoyed myself!
  • June 18, 2017
    Although sifting through dirty doesn't sound like's actually was. The kids loved it!
  • May 26, 2017
    We bought a $85 bucket & came home with 2 bags of cut wothy gems, rubies, amethyst and more. We had a lot of fun & this was our 4th time.
  • November 6, 2016
    My late wife and I visited Gem Mountain several times back in 2003/2004 and were never disappointed. We usually got the larger buckets and had several of the stones we found cut (smoky quartz, blue topaz which is not indigenous to the mountains of WNC, and amethyst). We always had fun but a word of advice. Go there when it is warm. Otherwise you will freeze your fingers off in the sluice water.
  • October 25, 2016
    Spectular place to stop and spend anywhere from an hour to all day. Owners and staff are the friendliest around. Such a fun place! Great finds and beautiful jewelry. We actually went back a second day. Have been coming here for almost 20 years from Florida and IL. Rocks gettin cut into stores arrive in a timely fashion. They make great recommendations for cuts and setting. Nice gift shop too. See you again!

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