The Emerald Hollow Mine

484 Emerald Hollow Mine Drive
Hiddenite NC 28636

    The Emerald Hollow Mine is the only emerald mine in the United States open to the public for prospecting. Nestled snugly in the foothills of the beautiful Brushy Mountains, this North Carolina Emerald mine is located in the small town of Hiddenite, North Carolina.



    Castle McCulloch & The Crystal Garden

    3925 Kivett Drive
    Jamestown NC 27282
    336-887-5413

      The castle is a restored gold refinery listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1832 and restored in mid-1980, the castle is a granite structure with a drawbridge, moat and 70-foot tower. Visitors can enjoy seasonal activities, including gem and gold panning, April through October.



      Grandfather Gem Mine

      10767 Hwy 105 S
      Banner Elk NC 28604
      828-963-5098

        The mining operation is simple. We provide all the equipment. Just clean the ore in our flume with wooden screens to find your precious gems. It's fascinating and fun for the whole family. You may take your find to Grandfather Gem Shop for identification, cutting and mounting. We offer $15.00, $20.00, $30.00 and $40.00 buckets that you may share.



        Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

        4416 NC Hwy 105 South
        Boone NC 28607
        828-963-4367

          The finest in colored gems from around the world, museum quality mineral specimens and unique gifts. GIA Certified Graduate Gemologist on staff, appraisal service available. View stones being cut and enjoy indoor winter gem mining.



          Heather Grove Gold & Gem Panning

          43 Polly Spout Road
          Marion NC 28752
          828-738-3573

            Heather Grove Gold and Gem is set in the heart of North Carolina's "Mother Lode". Located on the Second Broad River, nestled between Marion and Rutherfordton, North Carolina. We are located on Highway 221, the corridor to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Heather Grove is situated in the upper section of Vein Mountain, and is known to have at least six veins running through the property.



            The Greater Foscoe Mining Company

            8998 NC Hwy 105 South
            Foscoe NC 28604
            828-963-5928

              At our NC gem mining facility and gallery your experience is not only loads of fun, but educational as well.



              Broad River Gems and Mining

              218 River Landing
              Rutherfordton NC 28139

                6 acres. On-site gem mining & fossil dig. Located on the gold berring Broad River. Our gift shop contains jewelry, gemstones & gifts. Rock mineral & fossil specimens. Meteorites, mounted insects, dinosaur eggs & museum area. Most unique gem mine, fossil dig & gift shop in the south.



                Reed Gold Mine

                9621 Reed Mine Road
                Midland NC 28107
                704-721-4653

                  Today, Reed Gold Mine is the only underground gold mind open to the public. There, visitors tour the tunnels dug by Reeds as they followed gold-bearing quartz veins deep underground. They walk along wooded trails past areas where Reed family members dug for god and view exhibits of gold and historical mining equipment in the Visitors Center.



                  Cotton Patch Gold Mine

                  41697 Gurley Road
                  New London NC 28127
                  704-463-5797

                    Gold Mining and camping at Cotton Patch Gold Mine. A panning fee entitles one to washed ore, panning equipment and instruction. Visitors may pan or sluice. Campground with wilderness and full hook up sites or rental units. Gold mining at Cotton Patch dates back to before 1865. Located in the Uwharrie Lakes Region which has a rich history in gold mining.