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Emerald Village

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Surprisingly fun and educational stop just off of the parkway.

We just happened upon this place randomly while coming back to the parkway through Little... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2018
jbgator22
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Jacksonville, FL
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Gret place to get pretty rocks

Gret place to kill some time, get some exercise Find some pretty rocks , pan for gold , look at... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2018
William B
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Key West, Florida
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“gem mining”(43 reviews)
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Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 1 hour from Asheville, NC, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction! Go underground in a real mine at the NC Mining Museum. See old mining equipment and displays, and enjoy the splashing...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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331 McKinney Mine Rd., (near Blue Ridge Parkway), Little Switzerland, NC 28749
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+1 828-765-6463
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Gret place to kill some time, get some exercise Find some pretty rocks , pan for gold , look at some antiques , have some jewelry made , spend some dough

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

It is a great place, and we are glad you came! Thanks for your comments and we hope you come back again!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

It's a little off the main highway but easy to find if you just follow the signs. They have an old mine to explore on a self-guided path. Lots of old equipment and info on the mine and materials they recovered. You can feed the...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments, and for having a great time at Emerald Village! That's our goal, and we love hearing from our visitors that we succeeded! We hope you come back someday!

Reviewed August 6, 2018

I travel at least twice a year just to enjoy sifting through the gemstones in the buckets. I have never been disappointed in the natural gemstones I've uncovered! I became a "rock hound " as a result. The jewelry they sell is affordable and their...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you so much for your comments. We look forward to your next visit. And yes, the fudge is the best!

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Spent the whole morning there wandering around and let the kids see all the different mining equipment and tools on display.

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

We appreciate your coming, and your comments. Hope you can bring the kids back someday!

Reviewed June 29, 2018

I'm not sure why no one ever mentioned this is NOT a working /real mine. This is just an exhibit of a very old mine and is self guided. The gem mining is a rip off. You can instead buy polished, cut gems in the...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2018

Emerald Village has 12 historic mines. They are not working, but they ARE Real! If they were "working" neither you or anyone else would have even gotten in! We are here to preserve and share mining history, not be miners ripping the mountain apart. Most...More

Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

We had some much fun looking through our buckets for gems. We found quit a nice selection. This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Sorry I didn’t post pictures but quite frankly I was having too much fun. The prices are very...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2018

We love it when our visitors have "too much fun"! Thank you for your comments. We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed June 8, 2018

I arrived here on a weekday afternoon with my family of six, kids age 6-11 boys and girls. We had read about this place (which seems to have more than one name, that can be confusing). We wanted to see it all but they closed...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experiences. As you found out, digging for Emeralds at the Crabtree Emerald Mine is hard work and perhaps not for everyone! It truly is a real adventure though! We're glad you came and had a great time. We hope you...More

Reviewed May 29, 2018

Keeping in mind that the entire complex is owned and managed by a private family, you will be pleasantly surprised by the attention to historic detail, knowledge of the staff, and obvious love for the history of the area. Everything is well presented, the panning...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2018

Thank you for coming, and for your comments. Our mission, and our pleasure, is to preserve mountain mining history, and to share it with others in a fun setting. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sounds like you had a "gem" of a day!

Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

We just happened upon this place randomly while coming back to the parkway through Little Switzerland. It was a very cool visit that includes a North Carolina mining museum and a self guided tour of an old mineral mine. The self guided tour goes into...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2018

Emerald Village is hidden back in the mountains and not easy to find! We are delighted you found us and that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you can come back someday!

Reviewed April 29, 2018

Visited during a "Girls Vacation" - went 2 times, cleaned buckets of mixed gems, local gems, and gold panning. Staff was very friendly! Would love to visit again!

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2018

Thank you for coming, and for your comments. We hope that you can come back someday, but maybe your good memories will tide you over until then!

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Jamie K
July 21, 2018|
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Response from 181alan | Property representative |
On average most people spend 2 to 3 hours here. Just to see the free exhibits in the Discovery Mill building can take an hour but costs nothing!
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GregoryP1361
September 27, 2017|
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Response from 181alan | Property representative |
The nearby Crabtree Emerald Mine is the best place to find local Emeralds, but that is hard work. The gift shop at the Mining Museum at Emerald Village has a variety of reasonably priced local Crabtree Emerald specimens for... More
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Nana1935
September 23, 2016|
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There is no admission charge to the Gemstone Mine. There are a variety of buckets for sale starting at $10. For the adventurous there is collecting on the old mine dumps at $20 adults and $10 for students. However, most... More
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