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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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A cool stop while driving the blue Ridge parkway

This has some neat exhibits of an old feldspar mine. The waterfall is beautiful, and a wide variety... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Daniel L
via mobile
Such a gem! 😉

My husband and I had the BEST TIME!!! Not only is the area itself just stunning, the staff at... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charissa H
via mobile
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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!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
331 McKinney Mine Rd., (near Blue Ridge Parkway), Little Switzerland, NC 28749
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Daniel L
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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!

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

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!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank GTSSurrey
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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!

Reviewed 9 October 2017

The place is very nice and the people helpful, however if you are looking to find various rocks to be cut don't go here. The stones are mostly white stones with very small jasper, amethyst and other gems too small to do anything with. I...More

Thank nataliebri
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for coming to Emerald Village, and for finding the place "very nice"! I'm sorry you did not find valuable gems. Most people spend 45 minutes or an hour on the mine tour and read the 12-page booklet that explains the historical equipment. Judging...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were in town for my birthday & happened upon this place. I was excited to see the they do night tours a few times a year & we were there for one of those! $15pp. The show was totally worth it!...More

Thank bornredprincess
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for your comments. The night time black-light tours are very special as there are few places in the world to experience the amazing color change seen in the Bon Ami Mine at night. Since there are only 10 of these tours a year...More

Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Saw the underground mine and mining equipment fascinating! Did not pan for mines down the street too expensive range from $20 to $500 phew way too much.but had loads of fun

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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thanks for visiting, and for your comments. The Gem Mining actually starts at $10 and most people find more gems than they expect to! Happy traveling! Hope you have many more loads of fun in the future

Reviewed 1 October 2017

I like rocks. I like caves too. So this place was up my alley. It's a very cool place to kill a few hours and have some fun. The lady who works there is very nice and helpful. The exhibits were very cool too. You...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 27 September 2017

A local mine turned into an area mine tourist attraction. That's not a bad thing as it portrays the now defunct mines of the area in a reasonable, historic context. It is not a mine tour as it only goes into the opening of the...More

Thank Ron L
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

The mission of Emerald Village is twofold: To preserve local mining history, and to share it. I think you will agree we are accomplishing our mission. I, too, wish we could go further into the underground mine, but most of that is hidden under deep...More

Reviewed 19 September 2017

It's the place to look for minerals as opposed to gems. The office to sign up for it is near the flume area and the mine dump across the parking lot. The woman in the shop was very helpful preparing us. She showed us the...More

Thank marfita
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Thank you for coming to Emerald Village to collect for minerals on the dumps and we appreciate your detailed comments! Collecting on the dumps is not for everyone! For most visitors going through a bucket at the flume is definitely easier and more fun. But...More

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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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