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Emerald Village

331 McKinney Mine Road

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 7 real mines and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Come see why we say "Real Mines - Real Fun!" There's 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!


Ethan Everhart

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Lots of fun! Gems are higher quality the more you spend, so if your going with a group, plan on splitting up a larger bucket. The service there is great cashier's are very friendly, and the "gemologists" are polite and helpful. Prices leave a little to be desired, but there not too bad. Unfortunately, I did not get to go on the mine tour, but it looked authentic and interesting, and the self guided tour nearby (which I did check out) was a really interesting look at what old mining was really like. The gift shop was nice too.

mike mills

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Emerald Village is a nice place to visit but my complaint is about the gem mining area. I purchased a $35 bucket a little before 5:30 pm and finished screening the stones and my son wanted a small bucket for gold. I went to purchase a gold bucket at 5:45 but the employee closed that area and I asked why and he replied they stop selling buckets at 5:30. I said your sign says Emerald Village closes at 6 pm and he said they need enough time for customers to finish going through their buckets so they can close at 6 pm. That's fine, but there is no sign that says that! We found about 50 cents worth of the "salted" rocks in that $35 bucket I paid for. I asked what was the most valuable stone in the ones found and I was told the value was in the cutting, which is another scam with this type of industry. The cost of cutting the stone in most instances is way more than the value of the stone after it's cut, otherwise, the owners would be cutting the stones and selling them and not offering mining to the public! You're much better off taking the money you would spend on buckets and buying gems in the gift shop.

The Bling Games

Saturday, June 16, 2018
What a gem of a place! We visited today and were very surprised at just how much was there.The staff was very friendly and helpful, giving me directions on were to go-twice! It's such a big place. Museums, gift shops, caves, digging and sluicing! Also large picnic areas and several places to get good photos. We got the $35 three gallon bucket. It took my family of 4 at least 40 mins to go through it, probably longer. I think the price was reasonable, we found some cool stuff and it's just fun to do. If you bring a lunch you could probably spend the whole day there if you did everything. We only did one musuem and sluicng and stayed quite awhile. It was a blast!

jam&toast forfrances

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Great place for children, couples, any age family, really. If traveling with stroller or wheelchair, though, you can only access 1/3 of the areas open to public. There are steps, steps, steps.

Dana Gamby

Sunday, April 29, 2018
A fun little stop when passing through Little Switzerland. Dog friendly, self-guided, guaranteed to find gems in your pay bucket.

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