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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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We visited here for the first time and had the best experience. The staff are friendly and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tammy M
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What a fun time!

My first time at the mine. I was invited as a guest with a friend of mine who had been several... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
geechie52
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Holden Beach, North Carolina
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations. We are located in the mountain community of Boone, which is in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. We are the choice Gem Mine in our area because of the experience that is offered our guests by our knowledgeable staff, and because we offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best gem mines in the world. You are invited to come and satisfy your craving for a gem mine adventure and experience the thrill of discovery as you pan for gems. Just like miners from the old days, you will sift through dirt and rock using water flumes to find your treasures in the safety and comfort of our year round location on Hwy 105 in Boone. Regardless of the weather, you can search for gems since we have both outside and inside flumes. Each bucket of our gem stone mix contains genuine rough gems. We guarantee a gem find every time.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
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+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited here for the first time and had the best experience. The staff are friendly and knowledgable. Can't wait to get our stones in the mail.

Thank Tammy M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My first time at the mine. I was invited as a guest with a friend of mine who had been several times before. We got a whole wheelbarrow of rocks and it took us three or four hours to get through everything. The staff was...More

Thank geechie52
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Return visit for us. Came here a few years ago when kids were younger and all of us had the best time!! Returned this year, 13 yr old in tow, and still had a blast! The staff is very friendly and very knowledgable. At the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

GREAT PLACE, awesome staff and very knowledgeable.Everyone in our group had a great time.This was our fourth time here and every time we have had gems cut for us. Every time things were as promised 👍👍

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just came from this amazing little place. Our 10 year old son had a blast mining for gems! Micheal E was very informative about the gems we collected. Emeralds and other precious stones. I highly recommend stopping at this little place. $30 for a...More

Thank kmawhiney2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had so much fun and went home with some very nice gems. I have to say, I was so impressed with the quality of the earrings and the pendant we had cut and placed into settings. They were beautiful. The owners even sent a...More

Thank NCKGIRL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was just me and my husband. We had done gem mining before at other locations and were looking forward to try somewhere new. There was a large group that arrived just before us so we had to wait a little bit but the shop...More

Thank eal24601
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the friendliest place we visited in Boone! They were so welcoming and the kids had a blast!!

Thank scgirl2014
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to SMGM for the last three years. We bring our 3 year old for a family day, or we go on date day with just the two of us. We love searching for stones. The staff is top notch. They are...More

1  Thank Phoenix S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Family had a great time finding the different types of semiprecious stones in the dirt and water. Staff was excellent assisting with the various settings for the stones in a bracelet and pendant. Looking forward to visiting again next year.

1  Thank Mary J
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Carl S
January 7, 2018|
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Response from foggymountaingems | Property representative |
Hello Carl, to answer your question No there is no daily admittance fee. We do however charge based on the size bucket you choose to go through. Our bucket sizes and prices are as follows: Rock-hound (2 gallons) $30, Big... More
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taheraisl
April 21, 2017|
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Response from featherlane | Reviewed this property |
You will be purchasing a "bucket" of rocks - there is a bucket size to fit any budget. One or many in your party can sift and find gems. You get to keep ALL of your gems - in fact they actually go through your discarded pile... More
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Katrina S
April 13, 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Obviously planning is important and taking that hour or more to really enjoy the experience is important. I go in the mornings..best time and not so busy.
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