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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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Fun for the Kids and Adults

We did some gem hunting here a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All the kids, big... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kimberly T
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United States
You gotta go!!!

Lots of fun for individuals or families. You buy a bucket of sand full of sand and rocks. Various... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tom B
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Georgetown, Texas, United States
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“gem mining” (50 reviews)
“fossil museum” (20 reviews)
“stones cut” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
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+1 828-264-4499
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We did some gem hunting here a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All the kids, big and little, found this entertaining. There were numerous exclaims and oohs and ahhhs as we found larger gems and brighter ones. I strongly suspect (and based on...More

Thank Kimberly T
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lots of fun for individuals or families. You buy a bucket of sand full of sand and rocks. Various size buckets are available. Head outside to the sluice to scoop and wash the contents of your bucket. Then the real excitement begins when you take...More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. There were several sizes of buckets to purchase and sift through. We found a bunch of large medium and small prescious stones in our medium bucket between the four of us. The staff was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Jennifer T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved Doc’s Rocks! All ages enjoyed sifting through the buckets of mining dirt looking for gems and rocks. We found several beautiful stones and gems. Nothing of great value, but did have some cut and faceted for the memories. Nice afternoon. Interesting to go...More

2  Thank JLH332015
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had fun here. You get a lot of gems and fossils. Be sure to look closely, some gems look like pebbles, especially rubies and sapphires. They will go over your collection with you and explain what you have found. We got some of our...More

Thank john w
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live in Hickory and visit Doc’s often. The staff is knowledgeable and the gems are very reasonably priced. You can shop for loose stones, buy buckets for sluicing, or shop the many fun things in the store. We usually have lots of family with...More

1  Thank afmcguire
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Took the kids to sift through dirt to find treasures. The dirt buckets ranged from $12-over $50!! They enjoyed finding rocks. After sifting, they took the rocks inside where they told our kids in detail all about the rocks..... cute gift shop..... and you get...More

2  Thank cassieneely
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

We had a good time and good luck at Dic’s Rocks. It was the best place we visited in the area for finding gems. It was pouring rain and we got wet and messy but it was worth the dirt! The girls liked sifting through...More

2  Thank Sandra A
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

We stopped with our grandson for a little fun and left with way more than I thought we would. We purchased 1 bags and 1 bucket of dirt. We all had fun searching, our grandson enjoyed finding each piece and also enjoyed the way what...More

1  Thank debbysdelights
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

We started coming when the first of our 3 made a visit to ASU. We keep coming back. Doc and Trina are like family now. The service is great and the staff is so helpful and knowledgeable!! The gems we get are magnificent as well....More

1  Thank EricGav
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Cynthia C
July 8, 2017|
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Response from johng1351 | Reviewed this property |
We had 5 stones cleaned and polished. When you do 5 they offer a discount of 10%. Total for the 5 was $180 before tax. They did a nice job on them . We came away with probably 10 more that are large enough to do something... More
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Live_for_vacation77
March 25, 2017|
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Response from cdnerb | Reviewed this property |
Doc's does rock hound trips. The first one is in June. If you look on their website it will tell more.
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Kaydenlm
February 4, 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
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