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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
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US$12.50*
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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine in Hendersonville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Warm indoor mining open every winter day. At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, NC, you become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones that you can keep! Gems that are found daily include Rubys, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Adventurine, Sodalite, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine and many more! Our flumes are covered for your comfort and for rain or shine mining! You can even bring a picnic and relax at one of our picnic tables or by the creek! During colder months we have INDOOR mining too!Our Rock Shop is the best around and no one can beat our prices! Also, come pet our baby goats!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

We took our four grandchildren ages 10, 8, 6, and 4. We got the $99 family package. We had 4 large buckets of dirt filled with gems. The kids had a blast sifting the sand and finding the gems. Many of the stones are very beautiful. The kids also enjoyed the goats a lot. This is definitely worth doing one time.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This was our second NC gem mining experience and by far the better of the two. First, even though it was pouring down rain, we were able to mine comfortably under the covered area. We bought the family deal, which gave us 4 regular gem buckets and one specailty bucket, so all five of us had our own bucket to mine. The employees were very helpful, helping us identiy all of our gems we found. I think we filled 10 zip-loc bags full of gems. Be sure to visit the baby goats too!

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Dean C, Owner at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for visiting us a while back at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. Glad everyone had a good time. It is a very exciting time at the mine right now and we hope you will visit again soon!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Our 5 and 3-year olds enjoyed their time sifting for gems. They walked around the store, looking at all the gems and stones, getting to know the baby goats, and the fish in the pond.

It took about an hour for them to go through a $20 bucket, and each were able to garner about 20-30 gems. The owner was gracious enough to analyze and describe each gem for the kids. It's a short activity, but certainly worth doing as a unique experience if you have children and are in the area.

2  Thank nathanchase
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Dean C, Owner at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for visiting us a while back at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. Glad everyone had a good time. It is a very exciting time at the mine right now and we hope you will visit again soon!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We took our granddaughter and she loved it. It wasn't exactly like I expected but more in line with a tourist stop. A litte expensive but the gems she "found" were good and she was happy.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We did the gem mining on a rainy day and the kids had so much fun. After the gems were discovered the kids had each rock identified by the shop expert. He was very knowledgeable and a comedian too! He made the whole experience!

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