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Sugar Creek Gem Mine

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Fun time

We stopped at the gem mine after grandfather mountain. Not sure what I expected but I didn't think... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2017
Arlington, Virginia
via mobile
What a Gem

Family enjoyed the opportunity to find our own gemstones to make jewelry with. Family fun and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible7%
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3045 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604-7424
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family enjoyed the opportunity to find our own gemstones to make jewelry with. Family fun and a lifetime memory with real value.

Thank princesspmw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't care that the buckets are pref-illed with gems and dirt, instead of going to a mountain to dig the gems out yourself, this was a great experience. My kids (8 and 6) loved it. We have been to a sluice way before,...More

Thank Sara A
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a party of 6 with 4 kids ranging from 3 to 18 and got a larger bucket for all to share. They loved finding all the stones and really thought they accomplished something when they pulled one out. Overall, it took us about...More

Thank cnw6885
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

We bought a 2 gallon bucket of rock which we scooped into a wooden frame with a screen bottom. We dipped the box in the sluice ( a wooden trough) filled with running water. The sand and grit ere washed away when we lifted the...More

Thank Wayne E
Reviewed October 19, 2017

Took our boys ages 10 and 12. We all had fun sifting through our bucket. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the gem mine after grandfather mountain. Not sure what I expected but I didn't think I'd get a bucket of rocks and sand and then sifted them in water but that's what we did. It was pretty fun. The kids liked it....More

2  Thank sakflva
Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

Took the kiddos and had a wonderful, fun time!! We all enjoyed our Gem Finds and the staff was great! Staff was friendly and very helpful and could not have been more pleased with our experience!!

Thank Jill I
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

The gem mining was ok. Everyone had fun. But, the staff was only helpful when necessary. They did not go out of their way to assist you and were not exceptionally knowledgeable.

Thank k6schultz
Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

We got the Glory Hole bucket with a family of five and we got a $35 credit towards jewel cutting. We found some amazing rubies, sapphires, sodalite, flourite, emeralds, and a gigantic smoky quartz! Highly recommend the big bucket, as there were many very large...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

We loved this activity-we got the 2 gallon bucket for $32 and 3 of us enjoyed sifting through the sand for local gems. We found rubies, emeralds, petrified wood, labradorite, tigers eye...and so many more!

1  Thank MichelleOpes
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