Lake James Gem & Mining Tours
Emerald Village Inc. & North Carolina Mining Museum
P.O. Box 98
Little Switzerland, NC 28749
Tour three famous mines, a museum filled with mining memorabilia and a gallery of North Carolina mineral specimens. Mine a freshwater flume to find your own gems or visit the well-stocked rock shop. Located on McKinney Mine Road, accessible from Hwy 19E and Hwy 226.
Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
828-765-6130 or toll-free 888-817-5829
Experience the rich mining tradition of Mitchell County - and try your luck prospecting for your own gems in the flume mines. Tour the Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine (reservations required). Store, museum and family activities. Located on Hwy 226 between Spruce Pine and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Lucky Strike
251 Lucky Strike Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Pan for gold at our flume with ore from the Second Broad River or try your luck screening gemstone ore. Kids digs. Close to Lake James in nearby Marion, NC.
The Rock Mine Tours
PO Box 877
Micaville, NC 28755
Dig for local minerals and gems in safe-all above ground mines.