“Experience the thrill of discovery”
Emerald Village is a group of gem, mining, and historical attractions nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and within an hour's drive of Asheville, Boone, and Blowing Rock. Located in a spectacular mountain setting, Emerald Village is home to 12 historic REAL mines and has been featured on National Geographic TV, the Travel Channel, and many other TV programs and Magazines. Come see why we say "Real Mines! Real Fun!" We have a lot to see and do! Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures to share back home. People come from all over the world to visit Emerald Village!
Explore the North Carolina Mining Museum and take an underground tour of the historic Bon Ami Mine. Learn the history of mining in this area, see the splashing Bon Ami Waterfall, and marvel at impressive collections of old mining and historical equipment.
Experience the thrill of discovery at The Gemstone Mine, and choose from a variety of gem buckets available. Keep everything you find! Have your special finds made into beautiful jewelry for a very special souvenir.
MUSEUM/SELF GUIDED MINE TOUR
$10+ PER BUCKET
Hours are seasonal, call in advance, and rates for gem buckets can vary (depending on your chances of finding more and better gems, I guess)
Fun for the kids and they are dog friendly as well.
Had a great time , great place to check out
So much for all of the family. Loved the concept, loads of history and scientific information. Take your time exploring the museum. Been here three times already and can't wait to go again!
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