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Emerald Village

331 McKinney Mine Rd., (near Blue Ridge Parkway), Little Switzerland, NC 28749
+1 828-765-6463
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GREAT FAMILY TIME

We had some much fun looking through our buckets for gems. We found quit a nice selection. This... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
I5942MIcindyc
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Unique and Addicting - Skip the Touristy Stuff and DIG!!!

I arrived here on a weekday afternoon with my family of six, kids age 6-11 boys and girls. We had... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kedalion1
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 1 hour from Asheville, NC, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction! Go underground in a real mine at the NC Mining Museum. See old mining equipment and displays, and enjoy the splashing waterfall! Tour the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with free displays, including the Music Museum, the Homestead Museum, the Blue Ridge model railroad display, and gift and snack shops. Spend time at our spectacular Gemstone Mine where you’ll have “buckets” of fun searching for real gems. Find colorful gems and keep them all! We also offer custom gem cutting, jewelry making, Gold Panning, night time Black Light mine tours, digging for minerals and digging for emeralds at the world-famous Crabtree Emerald Mine! You’ll have a gem of a day!
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“gem mining” (42 reviews)
“black light” (6 reviews)
“gift shop” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
331 McKinney Mine Rd., (near Blue Ridge Parkway), Little Switzerland, NC 28749
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+1 828-765-6463
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had some much fun looking through our buckets for gems. We found quit a nice selection. This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Sorry I didn’t post pictures but quite frankly I was having too much fun. The prices are very...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We love it when our visitors have "too much fun"! Thank you for your comments. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I arrived here on a weekday afternoon with my family of six, kids age 6-11 boys and girls. We had read about this place (which seems to have more than one name, that can be confusing). We wanted to see it all but they closed...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experiences. As you found out, digging for Emeralds at the Crabtree Emerald Mine is hard work and perhaps not for everyone! It truly is a real adventure though! We're glad you came and had a great time. We hope you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Keeping in mind that the entire complex is owned and managed by a private family, you will be pleasantly surprised by the attention to historic detail, knowledge of the staff, and obvious love for the history of the area. Everything is well presented, the panning...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for coming, and for your comments. Our mission, and our pleasure, is to preserve mountain mining history, and to share it with others in a fun setting. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sounds like you had a "gem" of a day!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just happened upon this place randomly while coming back to the parkway through Little Switzerland. It was a very cool visit that includes a North Carolina mining museum and a self guided tour of an old mineral mine. The self guided tour goes into...More

1  Thank jbgator22
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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Emerald Village is hidden back in the mountains and not easy to find! We are delighted you found us and that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you can come back someday!

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Visited during a "Girls Vacation" - went 2 times, cleaned buckets of mixed gems, local gems, and gold panning. Staff was very friendly! Would love to visit again!

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for coming, and for your comments. We hope that you can come back someday, but maybe your good memories will tide you over until then!

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Fun place to rest for an hour or so while traveling on the Blue Ridge parkway. It is a casual restaurant with average food. The people working were nice and attentive.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This has some neat exhibits of an old feldspar mine. The waterfall is beautiful, and a wide variety of gem items in the gift shops. Staff was very freindly

1  Thank Daniel L
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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

We are so glad you found us, and that you enjoyed your visit! We appreciate your sharing your experience and we hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had the BEST TIME!!! Not only is the area itself just stunning, the staff at Emerald Village were awesome as well! We had great chats with the woman in the Mine gift shop and with Walter down at the gem panning...More

Thank Charissa H
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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

We're delighted that you came and enjoyed your visit! I think we have the best staff around! We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Stopped off here on our road trip and were really glad that we did. There is lots to see on the overall site that spreads on both sides of the road. Although obviously abandoned some time ago you almost feel the place was alive only...More

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Thank you so much for coming, and for sharing your experience. We are here to preserve mining history, and to share it. Thank you so much for coming, and for helping us share it with others!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We took our family (with 3 small children) to see the night tour and had a blast! They even gave us a free pass to return for the next day, so we did!

Thank Michelle M
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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you! We're tickled your family had fun and that you came back! The night-time tours are very special but are difficult and challenging for us to conduct! Your comments make it all worthwhile! Thanks again!

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Gregory P
27 September 2017|
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Response from 181alan | Property representative |
The nearby Crabtree Emerald Mine is the best place to find local Emeralds, but that is hard work. The gift shop at the Mining Museum at Emerald Village has a variety of reasonably priced local Crabtree Emerald specimens for... More
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Nana1935
23 September 2016|
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There is no admission charge to the Gemstone Mine. There are a variety of buckets for sale starting at $10. For the adventurous there is collecting on the old mine dumps at $20 adults and $10 for students. However, most... More
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