Some beautiful gems have come out of the heart of the Smoky Mountains, so it’s no surprise that the locals of the area have capitalized on the experience and opened gem mines for families to come and experience the prospecting way of life.

Photo Courtesy of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

Photo Courtesy of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

One of the top voted gem mines in the area is Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. Located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Elijah Mountain Gem Mine offers covered outdoor water flumes as well as indoor flumes allowing them to be open year around. They are a family owned and operated company and pride themselves on their customer satisfaction. They even accept competitor’s coupons and warmly welcome tourists and locals alike. Their buckets of mine dirt are categorized based on the amount of dirt and the additional chances of finding more precious gems. With over 30 types of semi-precious and precious gem types probable in every bucket, it’s well worth the cost and the best part is you can share your bucket with other friends or family members. Some of the possible gems include rubies, sapphires, emeralds, quartz crystals, citrine, amethyst, garnets, aventurine, sodalite, peridot, opal, fluorite, aquamarine, topaz, peacock, copper, and amazonite.

Photo Courtesy of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

Photo Courtesy of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

Gem mining isn’t the only thing Elijah Mountain Gem Mine offers. They also have a rock shop filled with dozens of gems and fossils available for purchase. In addition to gems, they have wood carvings, fur pelts, and handcrafted native American items. After perusing through the gift shop, you can visit their indoor koi and goldfish pond as well as their baby goat petting area. The large colorful gems are what attracts people to this attraction, but it’s the experience that keeps them coming back. Elijah Mountain Gem Mine is known for it’s hospitality and is always looking to welcome new people to the world of gem mining.

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

2120 Brevard Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739
828-692-6560
http://www.elijahmountain.com/

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

2120 Brevard Rd

Hendersonville, NC 28739