Elijah Mountain Gem Mine in Asheville

Stop by North Carolina’s top-rated attraction, the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, for a family adventure packed with history and fun.

This family-owned and operated Elijah Mountain Gem Mine will capture kids’ attention for hours with interactive exploring that has been voted the best gem mining experience in North Carolina for years.

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Kids become a prospector from the 1800s and can keep any gems they uncover. With over 40 semi-precious and precious gemstones, minors are guaranteed to discover some gems in every large bucket they search. Elijah Mountain Gem Mine has over 30 different rocks, such as rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, quartz, amethysts and garnets, to name a few.

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Visit the Gemstone Store and Fossil Shop, peacock habitat, baby goat farm. In addition, hike one of many local trails to see over 250 waterfalls within a few miles from the gem mine.

Kids can pet the baby goats, feed them, and take home photographs of these charming creatures. While the Peacock and Game Bird Habitat showcases the most fascinating pheasants and exquisite birds around.

At the Elijah Gem Stone Store and Fossils, miners can search for the perfect one-of-a-kind stone, genuine to the beautiful Appalachian region. From birthstones to fossils, this store has every type of gem local to the area. The store also offers unique wood carvings, Daniel Boone fur pelts, and numerous Native American items from jewelry to moccasins.

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Guests are encouraged to pack a lunch and sit in the outdoor picnic area. Then, enjoy the scenic mountain view or visit the indoor Koa pond, with a spectacular array of goldfish.

No reservations are needed, and there is no admission fee. Meanwhile, daily mining hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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