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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:00
Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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Get the Mother-load!

We took our 10 yr old son to do some mining for gems. First off the store is super neat! Part... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jennifer S
via mobile
Three Adults and Two Kids

This was a cool spot with so many ch more than great gem sifting. The boys wanted to go upstairs... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alison V
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gem mining”(51 reviews)
“fossil museum”(21 reviews)
“stones cut”(14 reviews)
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129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent $36 for a bucket of dirt to sift. An educated person told us about the precious few rocks we had discovered from our bucket, and how they were made in the earth. That was the only redeeming part of this excursion. There was a...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 10 yr old son to do some mining for gems. First off the store is super neat! Part museum, part shop. Really quite educational if you take the time to read and discuss the items they have displayed. As a homeschool mom...More

1  Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a cool spot with so many ch more than great gem sifting. The boys wanted to go upstairs and see the fossil museum so the girls grabbed coffee in the cute shop downstairs. Fun little jaunt we all enjoyed while on a camping...More

Thank Alison V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great stop with the family. Lots of things to do here including the gem mining. It was fun learning about what the stones were.

Thank Topsail T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to do this as a rainy day activity. I took my 3 year old and was surprised at how much he enjoyed sifting through the small bucket we purchased. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable and the gift shop was pretty cool. Definitely...More

Thank themamacakes
Reviewed 15 August 2018

We did some gem hunting here a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All the kids, big and little, found this entertaining. There were numerous exclaims and oohs and ahhhs as we found larger gems and brighter ones. I strongly suspect (and based on...More

Thank Kimberly T
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Lots of fun for individuals or families. You buy a bucket of sand full of sand and rocks. Various size buckets are available. Head outside to the sluice to scoop and wash the contents of your bucket. Then the real excitement begins when you take...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. There were several sizes of buckets to purchase and sift through. We found a bunch of large medium and small prescious stones in our medium bucket between the four of us. The staff was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We loved Doc’s Rocks! All ages enjoyed sifting through the buckets of mining dirt looking for gems and rocks. We found several beautiful stones and gems. Nothing of great value, but did have some cut and faceted for the memories. Nice afternoon. Interesting to go...More

2  Thank JLH332015
Reviewed 3 August 2018

We had fun here. You get a lot of gems and fossils. Be sure to look closely, some gems look like pebbles, especially rubies and sapphires. They will go over your collection with you and explain what you have found. We got some of our...More

Thank john w
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Cynthia C
8 July 2017|
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Response from johng1351 | Reviewed this property |
We had 5 stones cleaned and polished. When you do 5 they offer a discount of 10%. Total for the 5 was $180 before tax. They did a nice job on them . We came away with probably 10 more that are large enough to do something... More
25 March 2017|
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Response from cdnerb | Reviewed this property |
Doc's does rock hound trips. The first one is in June. If you look on their website it will tell more.
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