“find that diamond in the rough”
At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, You become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones and gold that you can keep! Tripadvisor.com annually votes us the top gem mine in NC. We provide everything you need to have a great time and be successful. Come see Asheville area's original gem mine and see why we have been voted #1 for years! Covered outdoor water flumes and indoor flumes open 7 days a week. Find Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Aventurine, Sodalite, Peridot, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine, Topaz, Peacock Copper, Amazonite, Labradorite and dozens more! Family owned and operated. Don't settle for copycat mines. All competitor's coupons accepted, DOUBLED and we'll even buy you a Coke! Large variety of gemstone types in all buckets. The larger the bucket, the more you find! Over 40 types of semi-precious and precious gem types possible in every bucket! You're welcomed to share buckets too!
We drive to Hendersonville annually to visit family and for the last four years or so we make the gem mine a family trip. They have over the last year or two expanded and have even more space and a covered/indoor space so it can even be a rainy day activity. We usually get the economical bucket, but today because we had so many cousins we got a medium sized bucket and we had a huge geode, sapphires, emeralds... It was so much fun. The mining is fun, getting gems to take home is great, we fed goats and overused the store. Also, the fellow that helped us cut our geode and identify our rocks (I think his name was Bill?) was beyond awesome with the kids. A great experience!!
Fun for the kids. Buy the small buckets it will save money and they are plenty of gems in the smaller ones.
They close at 6pm now. My whole family enjoyed the experience. We got the $60 bucket and 3 of us sifted for about 30 min. We also like that it was a learning experience with descriptions and locations of where they are found. You can take a picnic and go down and play in the river.
Joe helped me get some great gems. Very friendly staff. Told me about each stone. Loved it !
It was great! We found a lot of rocks and gems and the owners were great!
Fun for kids and adults. When we went there were more adult couples than kids doing this! I totally recommend getting the $69 green bucket or something larger... you will not be disappointed. It's fun to see what treasures you get, and they do feel like treasures - even to us adults! There's a little creek out back but the main attraction is definitely buying a bucket and going through it!
Our kids loved mining for gems. My husband had more fun than the kids. Would definitely go here again when we are in the area.
Cute place to stop and view some cool gems. Great staff too! We were short on time, so we did not “mine”, but still managed to spend about $250.00 in the shop.
So much fun! Glad we stopped!
Fun activity for the kids. It’s a funny little place but in a good way. They help identify the stones and minerals after you uncover them, which is nice.
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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
- Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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