Gem Mountain

13780 Hwy. 226
Spruce Pine, NC 28777- Map It
Phone: (828) 765-6130

AAA Editor Notes

Gem Mountain is 2.5 mi. s. of jct. US 19E at 13780 SR 226. Rock hounds can pan for garnet, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, quartz, emerald and other gemstones at an outdoor covered flume. Mining trips feature off-site panning at local Brushy Creek or Hoot Owl mines. Guided tours of Brushy Creek Mine also are available. Guided tours are available. Food is available.
Gem panning $25-$125 per bucket of ore. Children's bucket $10. Off-site mining trips (includes transportation, equipment and guide) $75; $35 (ages 0-11). Reservations are required for mine trips.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-6, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Mon.-Sat. 9-5, rest of year. Guided tours depart Mon.-Sat. at 10 (weather permitting); departures require a minimum of six people. Allow 1 hour minimum.