Your Favorites Gem Mining near Asheville Gem mining has been a favorite activity for visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for years, with a history of mining that goes back centuries.
Most of the authentic mines are in two areas: Spruce Pine and Franklin. Also find some impressive collections of gems in several museums. See an impressive collection of minerals, gems and meteorites photo aboveincluding a piece of the first one documented in This space and science center is a former NASA center, so also see space artifacts.
Asheville Museum of Science: Located in downtown Asheville, their primary mineral collection includes some 4, specimens from North Carolina and around the world. See our Asheville Museum of Science Guide.
Museum of North Carolina Minerals: Before or after panning for gems and gold, take a tour of the NC Mining Museum to an underground mine. Open April through December. See our Emerald Village Guide. Thermal City Gold Mine: Visit this authentic gold mine, early site of the local s gold rush. Pan for gold and gems, talk to a real prospector and explore the “Old West” buildings with plenty of interesting things to see. South of Marion, about 43 miles east of Asheville.
Grab a bucket and sluicing box and find some real gemstones, Rubies, Sapphires and fossils near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. Keep whatever you find.
Located on the French Broad River in a park with an authentic 8′ waterwheel, water tower, mining sluice, old time wagon and Teepee. Old Pressley Sapphire Mine: Made famous by the discovery of the carat “Star of the Carolinas,” the mine contains abundant quantities of minerals and Sapphires. About 20 miles west of Asheville.
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine: Located near the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, the mine feature Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Aquamarine, Topaz and other precious or semi-precious gems and fossils. Covered indoor and outdoor mining for year-round fun. Rock and gift shop, plus picnic area by the river.
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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine: The flumes are covered for rain or shine mining. There are many gem mines to choose from – especially the Cowee Valley. Their mine is not “salted” or “enriched” and contains only native North Carolina gemstones, including Rubies, Sapphires, Garnets, Moonstones, Rhodolite, Rutile and Sillimanite.