Vacation is all about trying something new, and we bet that you probably haven’t mined for gems before! Our area is full of unique activities, and gem mining in NC is one of them. Our state’s mining history runs back for centuries, and now it has become a popular activity for visitors of all ages. Here are our top picks for places to go around Orchard Inn!
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Explore the Best Gem Mines in North Carolina
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
Directions to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
The Elijah Mountain Gem Mine is one of the highest-rated spots for gem mining in NC. This is a great place to bring the entire family, and the kids will love sifting through the dirt to find gems. You can purchase your dirt by the bucket– the more dirt you purchase, the better chance you’ll have of finding gems. There are more than 40 types of semi-precious and precious gem types possible in every bucket including gold, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Directions to Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
The Pisgah Forest Gem Mine offers both indoor and outdoor options for prospecting. You can purchase your dirt by the bucket. The standard buckets contain up to 40 different semi-precious and precious gems and the super buckets offer larger gems and geodes. If you want to pan for gold, you can do that, too!
Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
Directions to Crystal Mountain Gem Mine
Located in Brevard, North Carolina, the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine is a family favorite. Each of their mining buckets vary in size, and you never know what you might find inside. Someone even found a $17,000 ruby here once!
Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine
Directions to Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine
First, mine for gems. Then, explore the area they came from! The Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine is right next to Chimney Rock State Park, so the two make an excellent day trip during your stay at Orchard Inn. Once you mine for your gems, don’t forget to stop by their shop. You’ll find fossils, minerals, jewelry, and more!
Asheville’s Best Gem Mine
Directions to Asheville’s Best Gem Mine
Asheville’s Best Gem Mine wants to stand out amongst the other mines, so they do not offer “specialty buckets” with more rare stones. Each of their buckets is guaranteed to contain stones no matter what size you choose.
Time to Go Gem Mining in NC! Book Your Stay Today
The hills of Western North Carolina are filled with beautiful gems, incredible fossils, shells, and more. Going gem mining in NC can be a great educational opportunity for any age, and luckily, all of the mines we listed are within driving distance from Orchard Inn.
Experience the beauty of our mountainous area when you stay with us at Orchard Inn. Treat yourself to stunning views, homemade breakfasts, and cozy accommodations for your getaway. Browse our accommodations to start planning your stay. We can’t wait to host you!