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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!


Trey W.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Great family fun, with plenty for the history buff! This is such a wonderful family adventure that all will enjoy. Our 9 and 3.5 year old lived the mining portion. After receiving our bucket, the entire family enjoyed our gem mining experience. The staff was so good with the kids, sharing in the joy of what the kids found and explaining what they found. The museum portion was interesting for both history buffs and the kids. The gift shop has wonderful souvenirs and snacks that our kids loved. Such a wonderful place to make memories with your little ones.

Suzana Marr

Sunday, July 29, 2018
This was an awesome experience for my family and I. My daughter's eyes lit up when she found some awesome gems that made my whole day. Just a great place to bring the family. A lot of history in this little paradise. We are definitely going to go back. And the prices are pretty fair. You get what you pay for. And most of the museums are free. Great job. Glad to have had the privilege to see this piece of history.

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.

Lael Beach

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
It was very interesting to see the history preserved. The tour of the mine was fascinating, to see the scale of the mine and the size of the tools used. Definitely a great stop for anyone interested in history. The tour was quick, not difficult, and cheap.

Robert Cooley

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Had a great time. We let the kids (age 5 and 3) pan a bucket of dirt. They got some pretty cool rocks and gemstones from it. Went back in the evening for the blacklight mine tour. It was really fun to see everything glow under the blacklights. Great stop with the family. It also has picnic tables and a gift shop if mining is not your thing.

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