As of November 1, 2020, mine trips are now closed for the remainder of our 2020 season.

We are taking mine trip reservations for our 2021 season beginning March 1, 2021. 

Mine Trips


One of our most popular attractions!

Join us in digging for your own gems at one of two of our secluded mines!

The Brushy Creek Mine

A newer mine, The Brushy Creek Mine is the only active, gem producing mine in the area that is open to the public. At this mine you can look to find Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Garnet, Quartz, Morganite, and Golden Beryl. While visiting The Brushy Creek Mine, you will be able to dig for gems and other minerals that come from The Brushy Creek Mine itself! 















The Hoot Owl Mine

One of the oldest mines in our area, The Hoot Owl Mine is a very impressive, now dormant mine, The Hoot Owl Mine is still a very jaw-dropping mine! This mine was at one time home to Aquamarine that weighed up to 150 pounds! The Hoot Owl was mainly mined for Quartz, Feldspar, and Mica, but also has been known to produce Emeralds. When visiting The Hoot Owl Mine you will be able to dig through material that has been brought from other mines and mixed with material from The Hoot Owl Mine, as well as getting to explore the inside of the mine itself! 


















Mine Trip Information

*Mine Trips are through reservation only.*

A four-hour trip, you are taken to one of our two mines for you to enjoy digging for your own gemstones and specimens out of the mines themselves.

Transportation, Equipment, and a Guide are provided.

Anything that you find is yours to keep!

Trips leave at 10:30 AM and return around 2:30 PM.

After the trip has concluded, you will be brought back to Gem Mountain and given the chance to clean your findings in our comfortable flume lines. After you clean your treasures off, bring them inside and let an experienced member of our team identify your rocks for free!


Transportation, Equipment, and a Guide are provided.

*Please make your reservations as early ahead of your visit as possible!

If you plan to visit during peak holiday periods and/or our peak season,

please make your reservation as far ahead as possible.

Please call for pricing and more information!

*Note: We require at least six people to a trip.*


Tel: 828-765-6130

Fax: 828-765-0866


Closed for the season.

Reopening March 1, 2021!



Gem Mountain has been providing family fun for all since 1987.


13780 HWY 226 

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

P.O. Box 488

(828) 765-6130


Closed for the season.

Reopening March 1, 2021!

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