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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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Really fun for kids and adults

We had a great time...we actually went two days in a row. Our 4 year old thought it was the best... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jason J
via mobile
Fun activity

Takes about an hour. You buy your bucket and “pan” for gems. Indoor because of weather, but they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
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  • Average4%
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“gem mining” (49 reviews)
“fossil museum” (21 reviews)
“stones cut” (13 reviews)
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129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-4499
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time...we actually went two days in a row. Our 4 year old thought it was the best thing since sliced bread and I enjoyed doing it with her. The folks that work at the mine are really great and knowledgeable.

Thank Jason J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Takes about an hour. You buy your bucket and “pan” for gems. Indoor because of weather, but they also have outdoor flumes. Staff is knowledgeable and can quickly identify gems. No real tour or explanation - an “on your own” kind of place. You can...More

Thank CeCeatl561
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was quite fun. after you purchase a bucket and sift it they show you what is what and bag it up for you. everyone there was helpful and happy people.

Thank Brittany P
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The buckets here had actual gemstones in them and we found two fairly good rubies that were worth keeping. I like the educational aspect this family owned business brought to the adventure of searching for gems. Another plus is the close proximity to the American...More

Thank Brightorigin
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Was a nice setup with a lot of neat rocks to look at. We went with the biggest bucket so my wife and 2 kids could pan through that. All-in-all was fine. Then we got to the part where we took the rocks inside and...More

Thank C C
Reviewed 13 September 2017

They do a great job entertaining the kids. They make sure the kids find gems and then take the time to show and teach what gems were found. they have a nice rock store. They have an indoor trough for those rainy or cold days.

Thank PonyMan132
Reviewed 12 September 2017

So much fun had to go twice! Both times went through a big bucket! Lots and lots of amazing finds! So addicting! The people at Doc's are friendly, helpful, patient and very knowledgeable! Young or old a great place! Oh, can't forget to mention that...More

Thank Kimberly F
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were traveling through the area specifically to visit one of the gem mining locales. We stopped at Doc's and really enjoyed our visit. It wasn't busy, as we were there on a Monday morning. The staff was friendly and pleasant. The...More

1  Thank Melanie K
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My husband and I had a blast sifting through our buckets and finding beautiful gem stones. We sat at the water trough, scooped the dirt and sediment into our sifter and were instantly metamorphosed from adults scooping dirt to 5 year olds discovering beautiful stones...More

2  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We stop by and visit every time we come to Boone no matter the season. The owners and staff are just the greatest. They make you feel like family. Your questions are answered and smiles are freely given. The excitement of "the find" in each...More

2  Thank EricGav
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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