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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-4499
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So nice and laid back

My kids loved this place and the staff was so nice and laid back there was no rushing and the kids... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Quality time for all members of the family. A must go to place.

I am a professional geologist from Texas and don't often write reviews of places I have visited. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dallas, Texas
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  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gem mining” (46 reviews)
“fossil museum” (19 reviews)
“big bucket” (8 reviews)
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129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-4499
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My kids loved this place and the staff was so nice and laid back there was no rushing and the kids found huge rocks!!! In their buckets and thought they'd hit a good mine !!!

Thank lovetotrip12
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a professional geologist from Texas and don't often write reviews of places I have visited. I am usually very critical of most rock shops that I visited in my 43 year carrier. I met Doc over the phone about 3 months ago and...More

Thank tdaugherty
Reviewed 1 week ago

Buy a bucket, gem mine, have the experts evaluate your find and then have a stone cut and mounted into a beautiful piece of jewelry all in one place. My kids love it and we have been going here every summer for the last 6...More

Thank Sherry G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at Doc's Rocks to let our grandaughter have fun - and she had a blast! She is very much into gems and rocks and this was a great place for her to find some "treasures". The staff was great and the activity was...More

Thank maryannep34285
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff here is so friendly and knowledgeable. We did both the gem mine and fossil exhibit. The gem mine was a lot of fun. We purchased their largest bucket which was $55.00. This lasted 5 of us a good 20 minutes. After you find...More

Thank Cape_May_Family
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was a fun experience, great staff and very helpful. We got the large bucket and there were a lot of large stones. The gift shop has many stones you can purchase, but was much more fun getting our hands dirty! We had 5 of them...More

Thank johng1351
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got the medium-sized bucket for $36. Our 5-year-old loved it, but our 20-month-old wasn't into it at all. It's really not set up for that age. The bench is too far away from the sluice table, and the stools which can be moved are...More

Thank ML_Cary_NC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here with my kids numerous times. When I have friends from out of town, I always send them there. Excellent customer service from Doc and his crew!!

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We made a stop to gem mine after visiting next door at Mystery Hill. I am very happy we made the stop. The best part was getting the gems mined identified and very thoroughly explained inside. The staff is very friendly and they have good...More

Thank Tucker15152014
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Pretty simple premise, a bucket of silt, gravel and rocks, we got the medium bucket for $36, and they set us up on one of their sluices. My 2 year old had a ball playing with the dirt and water, the concept of gems was...More

Thank Andrew L
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Cynthia C
8 July 2017|
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Response from terry486 | Reviewed this property |
It varies, depending on whether you want the stone just smoothed (cheaper) or cut with facets (more expensive). I had a sapphire facet cut & they did a FABULOUS job.
25 March 2017|
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Response from Authordixon | Reviewed this property |
Nope, you get a bucket and pour it in a water trough.
4 February 2015|
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Response from Tricia B | Reviewed this property |
depends on what you want. The biggest bucket (for about $60) is enough for 2-3 adults to do and will take about 30-45 minutes even with 2-3 adults. If it's an adult plus kids, then the largest bucket will be your best bet... More