Emerald Gem Mine in NC

Family Friendly Gem Mining Experience

If you’ve been asking yourself, “where can I dig for gems in North Carolina?” look no further than The Emerald Mine of Little Switzerland. Nestled in the hills of North Carolina, this emerald gem mine is located in the emerald mining district, which means it has a wide variety of stunning gems including not only emerald and aqua, but also ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, topaz and amethyst.


Every year, hundreds of rock enthusiasts, tourists and educational field trip participants flock to The Emerald Mine of Little Switzerland to experience the thrill of finding rare gems in the rough. Whether you are a skilled or amateur prospector hoping to fulfill dreams of finding hidden treasures, a student looking for hands-on learning or a family looking for a great outdoor activity, a visit to The Emerald Mine of Little Switzerland guarantees a fun, exciting and educational adventure for all ages. We also offer a tour about the history of mining! 


Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to answer your questions, offer instructions and help you identify your special finds as you dig for the perfect gem. We have a variety of gem buckets available and some stone cuts are free! 


Weather permitting, we are open from April to the end of October, so what are you waiting for? Come visit us and search for several different types of naturally occurring gems. After gem mining, be sure to browse our unique jewelry store which features items from all over the world. Check out our amazing finds and contact us today by calling 828-765-6832, or better yet, come see us in person! We are looking forward to meeting you and seeing what treasures you dig up at our emerald gem mine in NC! 

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The Emerald Mine

Our GPS Address is: 2120 McKinney Mine Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

PHONES; (828)765-1695 or (828)765-6832

Hours

Open 7 Days a Week from Easter to Oct. 31st

Hours Flexible: Call ahead or drop in any afternoon