You’ll Never Forget A Trip Through This Old Gem Mine In North Carolina

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge in Little Switzerland, Emerald Village is a slice of the past you can still experience today. Here you can mine for gems, pan for gold, or take home treasures with staff to help you identify your discoveries and also professionals that can assist in cutting and polishing your finds to make them into jewelry. This place is a true ‘hidden gem.’

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Wow! What a cool place, did you know this existed?

Please note: Emerald Village is only open seasonally from March til November. For more information, visit their official website.

You’ll find Emerald Village at 331 McKinney Mine Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.


Looking for other North Carolina gems to visit? Did you know you can rent this entire North Carolina island for $210 a night?