Emerald Village

331 McKinney Mine Rd.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777- Map It
(828) 765-6463

AAA Editor Notes

Emerald Village is at 331 McKinney Mine Rd. The area tradition of gem and mineral mining is preserved at 12 historic mines. The Bon Ami Mine, a source of feldspar and 99 other gems and minerals, has displays of mining equipment. Discovery Mill features railroad models, wildlife exhibits, an antique music museum and a mineral gallery. Visitors can walk through the Company Store, which re-creates an early 20th-century mining town in miniature, and try their luck at gem mining and gold panning. Guided nighttime underground Black Light tours are offered on select Saturdays from May through October. Departure times vary; phone ahead. Picnicking is permitted.
Discovery Mill free. Self-guiding mining tour $8; $7 (ages 60+); $6 (grades 1-12). Fees for gem buckets and gold panning start at $10.
Hours: Daily 9-6, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; 9-5, May 1-day before Memorial Day weekend and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; 10-4, in April. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.