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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-4499
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Good, but was expecting a little better

Was a nice setup with a lot of neat rocks to look at. We went with the biggest bucket so my wife... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
via mobile
kids love it!

They do a great job entertaining the kids. They make sure the kids find gems and then take the time... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Denver, North Carolina
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“gem mining” (48 reviews)
“fossil museum” (20 reviews)
“small buckets” (7 reviews)
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129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-4499
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Was a nice setup with a lot of neat rocks to look at. We went with the biggest bucket so my wife and 2 kids could pan through that. All-in-all was fine. Then we got to the part where we took the rocks inside and...More

Thank C C
Reviewed 13 September 2017

They do a great job entertaining the kids. They make sure the kids find gems and then take the time to show and teach what gems were found. they have a nice rock store. They have an indoor trough for those rainy or cold days.

Thank PonyMan132
Reviewed 12 September 2017

So much fun had to go twice! Both times went through a big bucket! Lots and lots of amazing finds! So addicting! The people at Doc's are friendly, helpful, patient and very knowledgeable! Young or old a great place! Oh, can't forget to mention that...More

Thank Kimberly F
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were traveling through the area specifically to visit one of the gem mining locales. We stopped at Doc's and really enjoyed our visit. It wasn't busy, as we were there on a Monday morning. The staff was friendly and pleasant. The...More

1  Thank Melanie K
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My husband and I had a blast sifting through our buckets and finding beautiful gem stones. We sat at the water trough, scooped the dirt and sediment into our sifter and were instantly metamorphosed from adults scooping dirt to 5 year olds discovering beautiful stones...More

2  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We stop by and visit every time we come to Boone no matter the season. The owners and staff are just the greatest. They make you feel like family. Your questions are answered and smiles are freely given. The excitement of "the find" in each...More

2  Thank EricGav
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

One of my sons is an amateur rock and gem hound and he wanted a more genuine experience (not seeded buckets of dirt). At Docs, the buckets of dirt are not seeded and the employees are helpful and knowledgeable. We also enjoyed talking with Zack,...More

2  Thank Ruth E
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Really fun and cool experience for the whole family. The buckets are chock full of gems. Get the large bucket and share it with the family. All the rocks are described after you're done and you have the opportunity to have them polished there. Big...More

1  Thank laura g
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The staff at Doc's is knowledgeable and friendly and the owner makes a point to describe the history of all of the stones found. He takes his time doing so and is very patient. Doc can also recommend places to polish the stone and offer...More

1  Thank ALsmom2013
Reviewed 29 July 2017

A nice place for the family to go panning for gemstones. This company donates a lot of money to charity, so I was okay with the cost of their buckets.

1  Thank MWB2011
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Cynthia C
8 July 2017|
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Response from terry486 | Reviewed this property |
It varies, depending on whether you want the stone just smoothed (cheaper) or cut with facets (more expensive). I had a sapphire facet cut & they did a FABULOUS job.
25 March 2017|
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Response from Authordixon | Reviewed this property |
Nope, you get a bucket and pour it in a water trough.
4 February 2015|
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Response from Tricia B | Reviewed this property |
depends on what you want. The biggest bucket (for about $60) is enough for 2-3 adults to do and will take about 30-45 minutes even with 2-3 adults. If it's an adult plus kids, then the largest bucket will be your best bet... More