where is the closest place to pan for gold/gems near Mt. Airy? We will actually start our vacation in Rocky Mount, NC and then don't know where we will end up!
You do know that Rocky Mount is not in the mountains, right? It's not a vacation spot at all. Do you have relatives there maybe?
I don't know if Mt Airy has gem mining or not. It's all over the place near Boone and Blowing Rock. Mt Airy is best known as the model for Mayberry and home of Andy Griffith.
Spruce Pine is a great place for gem mining, and it's about 2 hours from Mount Airy, near Blowing Rock.