Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. Gem Mountain is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just onemile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Gem Mountain is a fun, family oriented attraction that your family will be sure to love!! Many valuable gems are found each day and we supply all of the necessary equipment. We even have experienced help for novice rockhounds. Gem mining is fun for mom and dad… and kids too! Covered flumes allow for prospecting rain or shine. Our modern gem washing facilities make it an easy and relaxing way to discover Earth’s treasures.
SHOPPING: Whether you are looking for candy, jewelry, or that special souvenir, you are certain to discover something special in our gift shop. Our friendly shopkeeper will happily assist you in selecting that perfect gift, to give or to keep! We offer quilts, handbags, home decor, Schleich toys, knives, a Christmas shop that stays open year round, and much more! We also have Fenton glassware that is made from the Feldspar that is mined right here in Mitchell County. Candy, fudge, snacks, hot dogs, soft drinks, cappuccino and, of course… ice cream are available! Stroll on down to our grassy picnic area and relax in the shade by the stream.
MINE TOURS: Let us satisfy your sense of adventure by taking one of our Mine tours! The Brushy Creek Mine is Gem Mountain’s primary source of aquamarine. Tours are conducted as weather permits and are available by reservation only, so please call ahead. And we are proud to announce the opening of the Hoot Owl Mine. Step back in time as we take you to one of the oldest mines in our area. This impressive mine has been dormant for many years. At one time Aquamarine stones weighing up to 150lb. were found along with Emeralds. Material from other mines will be brought to this location and will be mixed with Hoot Owl material that has never been gone through. Come share in our new experience as we try to unearth the find of a lifetime!