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Fun for the entire family! Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 1 hour from Asheville, NC, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction!
Go underground in a real mine at the NC Mining Museum. See old mining equipment and displays, and enjoy the splashing waterfall! Tour the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with free displays, including the Music Museum, the Homestead Museum, the Blue Ridge model railroad display, and gift and snack shops. Spend time at our spectacular Gemstone Mine where you’ll have “buckets” of fun searching for real gems. Find colorful gems and keep them all! Try your hand at gold panning! We also offer custom gem cutting, jewelry making, and night time Black Light mine tours. Collect rocks and minerals in our dumps or go digging for emeralds at the world-famous Crabtree Emerald Mine! You’ll have a gem of a day!
Located on 331 McKinney Mine Road in Little Switzerland, NC. Open daily through November 2nd. Call 828-765-6463 or visit emeraldvillage.com for more information.