Pigeon Forge Gem Mine
Pigeon Forge Gem Mine
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsScience MuseumsMines
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Embark on a gem-tastic journey at Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, where adventure and beauty await! Our family-owned store is the premier destination for gemstone enthusiasts in the Smokies. Explore the thrill of gem mining, discover unique souvenirs, discover permanent jewelry, and uncover treasures that will last a lifetime. Plus, you can turn your gemstones into stunning jewelry with the help of our expert staff. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, our mine offers more than just excitement – it's an opportunity to make unforgettable memories! Visit us today and experience the magic of Pigeon Forge Gem Mine!
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  • JSBVT
    West Halifax, Vermont10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great gem mine in Pigeon Forge- so many gems per bucket!
    This is a great place to go on a rainy day. They have a covered sifting area, loads of different priced buckets to choose from, and you get a ton of gems and fossils even in the cheapest priced bucket. It was also great to go inside and have them identify your gems- you can even have them cut and polished, and made into jewelry. This was a really fun activity for kids and adults.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Eric B
    Reedsville, Ohio28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly More Fun Than We Expected
    The kids were surprised at how much fun it was. We purchased the $100 five gallon gem bucket. They found tons of gems, including rare gems like rubies. We were able to take a few if the gems they found and have them made into a ring for my wife, for an extra charge. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They went through my kids gems and told them what each one was. Will return next time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • EJLTBL
    Surgoinsville, Tennessee248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of fun
    My grand kids really love gem mines!! My boys had the fossil & gems but mostly found gems but they wanted more fossils. If you have more kids in one bucket, make sure they get same amount of scoops, the slower kids got way less stuff. The gift shop was nice & had lots of reasonably priced souvenirs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • E4150VQlisad
    Byrdstown, Tennessee115 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Mining for Gems!
    It was fun mining for gems! I got several precious stones & also non-precious stones! I got the $35 bucket! Several years ago I got a 30 karat ruby & a 30 karat emerald which I had cut, polished & made into jewlery for myself & my Daughter! I believe I bought a $50 bucket that time!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Tarah B
    Escanaba, Michigan385 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Gem Mine! Would return!
    This was a great gem mine! There are a ton of bucket options ranging from $35 up to over $1000! They are very clear on what is included and after you discover your gems there are staff on hand to let you know what everything on. There is also an extensive gift shop inside. Tip- they have a geode cracker inside included with purchase of a geode. This is very convenient because cracking those at home can be a pain! There is parking on site, and plenty of room to sit and mine your gems in the water wash.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Marcus H
    Cleveland, Tennessee125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Break out your wallet
    $35 for a bucket of sand netting you about a ziplock bag worth of stones. The kids had fun, and we got some pretty pieces, but it was expensive. Not sure how someone can buy the $1500 55 gallon drum.
    Thank you for your positive review! We're glad to hear that the kids had a fun time and you found some pretty pieces. We understand your concern about pricing, and we appreciate your feedback. We're always looking for ways to enhance our offerings, and we hope to provide even more value on our authentic gems on your next visit.
    Written 11 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
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Juanita
Virginia Beach, VA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This place is top notch! I needed some help in preparing fir a party. Every single employee was helpful and excited to make my party a success.
Written 25 May 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We're delighted to hear that our team could assist you in preparing for your party. Your kind words about our staff’s enthusiasm and helpfulness mean a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable experiences.
Written 28 May 2024
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Richard
Florida66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We did the gem mining here. It was ok. Paid $100 for a five gallon bucket of sand. There were several gems in it but I’m sure none worth anything. It was raining the day we went so it limited us to indoor activities. Overall a descent experience that kids would enjoy.
Written 26 March 2024
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Thank you for sharing your gem mining experience with us. We're dedicated to offering genuine gemstones for our guests to uncover, paired with our complimentary gemstone identification service. Your feedback is valuable in our continuous efforts to enhance every visit. We hope to welcome you back for more gem mining adventures.
Written 29 March 2024
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LetsGoCruise
Nashville, TN76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The $100 bucket gave us tons of stones. Both large and small. Go to the counter in the store and have one of your stones turned into jewelry. Great for kids!!
Written 16 March 2024
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Your review made our day! We're ecstatic to hear that you had a great time at our gem mine. We appreciate your recommendation and can't wait to welcome you back for another memorable visit!
Written 18 March 2024
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Alexis B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I love the customer service here and awesome cheap and real gems
!!! Jesse was a pleasure and very patient with helping us find the right genuine rings !
Written 7 March 2024
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Thank you for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us. Jesse will be delighted to know that he made your visit enjoyable and helped you find the perfect genuine rings. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon at Pigeon Forge Gem Mine!
Written 9 March 2024
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DEVANNE C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We paid for a $35 bucket and my son really loved sifting the sand. We got a lot of gems too. We got the emerald bucket. Definitely worth trying.
Written 14 January 2024
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Thank you for your 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear you had a blast at our gem mine!
Written 17 January 2024
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Delaney M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Lots of gem and stones. Got one we found made into a ring for a reasonable price. Will be back again and will bring the family
Written 13 December 2023
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Thank you for your 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear you had a blast at our gem mine, and look forward to your future visit!
Written 14 December 2023
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Marcus H
Cleveland, TN125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
$35 for a bucket of sand netting you about a ziplock bag worth of stones. The kids had fun, and we got some pretty pieces, but it was expensive. Not sure how someone can buy the $1500 55 gallon drum.
Written 10 December 2023
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Thank you for your positive review! We're glad to hear that the kids had a fun time and you found some pretty pieces. We understand your concern about pricing, and we appreciate your feedback. We're always looking for ways to enhance our offerings, and we hope to provide even more value on our authentic gems on your next visit.
Written 11 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tammi L
Denton, TX308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A bucket full of fun! My Grandson got a lot of great stones! He loves rocks and this did not disappoint. He went thru the bucket really fast but he enjoyed every minute!
Written 20 October 2023
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Rebecca C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The staff there was super helpful and friendly! The women inside the store were very knowledgeable about the gemstones, too. The mining was a great outside experience with a lot of stations so we didn't feel crowded even though it wasn't super busy anyway. We even brought our dog, Bodhi. He enjoyed the people watching and the attention he got from the workers. We would highly recommend for anyone who visits.
Written 20 September 2023
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Tarah B
Escanaba, MI385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was a great gem mine! There are a ton of bucket options ranging from $35 up to over $1000! They are very clear on what is included and after you discover your gems there are staff on hand to let you know what everything on. There is also an extensive gift shop inside.

Tip- they have a geode cracker inside included with purchase of a geode. This is very convenient because cracking those at home can be a pain!

There is parking on site, and plenty of room to sit and mine your gems in the water wash.
Written 29 August 2023
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