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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

4416 NC Hwy 105 S., Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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My grandkids loved searching and discovering gems, all 7 of them!

The Gem Mine is great for anyone with kids of different ages. I have 7 grandchildren ranging in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Fairfax, Virginia
Great fun for kids and grownups too

We had never experienced gem mining before and decided to try something new. My kids enjoyed it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
fayetteville, north carolina
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“stones cut” (21 reviews)
“gallon bucket” (16 reviews)
“big daddy” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4416 NC Hwy 105 S., Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Gem Mine is great for anyone with kids of different ages. I have 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 10 to 1 1/2. Each one loved it, and I was able to buy a bucket for all of them to share, and take up...More

Thank aladysmith
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never experienced gem mining before and decided to try something new. My kids enjoyed it immensely and so did mom and grandma. We would do it again.The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the gems and cuts. We each ordered something cut...More

Thank lnwilliford
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great quick stop of about an hour "mining for gems". We bought a five gallon bucket of rough rocks. Use the man made wash station to sift through. Found a lot of good gems our daughter loved and took home. We did pay for one...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second place we have tried. The prices were reasonable. The other mining we did was at Emerald city near linville. The gems at Emerald city were more plentiful and bigger. For the price, I would try Foggy mountain again when we come...More

Thank Geoff Z
foggymountaingems, Owner at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we do love hearing when our customers have a good time, but we also know that we cannot improve without hearing from folks who might have not had as wonderful of an experience. Thank you for your review and we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a blast. We found many large gems and a great variety including emeralds, rubies, sapphires, aquamarine and jade. We got the big daddy bucket which includes one free gem cut. We also had the aquamarine cut into gems and are...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In Boone for a vacation with friends. My son really enjoys doing the gem mining and this is one of his top two places. (Likes the way they do buckets better at Gem Mountain near Spruce Pine but the staff better here). This was our...More

Thank Jeanne B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the gem mine personnel were friendly and so knowledgeable. A big shoutout to CALEB! He gave his own personal interest and friendly advice while we sifted through all the rocks in our bucket - went with my 84 year old mom, 3 year old,...More

Thank George12014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit. This time had grand children which they love. Love the prices. We will be back

Thank bethsalleytranham
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took wife and teen aged daughter and we had a blast. Loads of different types of gems to pick from at great prices. Or buy any of the difference size gem miners packages and try your luck. We got two buckets and were not disappointed....More

Thank AJ F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most mining places let you find a few small shards of gemstones. At Foggy Mountain, you find BIG gemstones. We bought the small 2-gallon bucket and found plenty of gems. Caleb helped us know what we were looking for and was always available to answer...More

1  Thank charlieg71
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22 April 2017|
Response from featherlane | Reviewed this property |
You will be purchasing a "bucket" of rocks - there is a bucket size to fit any budget. One or many in your party can sift and find gems. You get to keep ALL of your gems - in fact they actually go through your discarded pile... More
Katrina S
14 April 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Obviously planning is important and taking that hour or more to really enjoy the experience is important. I go in the mornings..best time and not so busy.
Julie L
28 March 2017|
Response from foggymountaingems | Property representative |
Hi Julie, We do not take reservations. We are on a first come first serve bases and normally no wait. Thank you