NC’s #1 gem mining attraction! Go underground in a real mine at the NC Mining Museum. See mining equipment and displays, and enjoy the splashing waterfall! Tour the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with free displays, including the Antique Music Museum, the Homestead Museum, the Blue Ridge model railroad display, and gift and snack shops. Spend time at our spectacular Gemstone Mine where you’ll have “buckets” of fun searching for real gems. Find colorful gems and keep them all! Our trained staff can identify your stones, and can cut, polish, and mount them into beautiful jewelry, for a souvenir that lasts a lifetime! We also offer gold panning, night-time black light mine tours, mineral collecting, and digging for emeralds at the Crabtree Emerald Mine! You’ll have a gem of a day!