Emerald Village is a group of gem, mining, and historical attractions
nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, just
off the Blue Ridge Parkway and within an hour's drive of Asheville,
Boone, and Blowing Rock. Located in a spectacular mountain setting,
Emerald Village is home to 7 real mines and has been featured on The
Travel Channel. Come see why we say "Real Mines - Real Fun!" There's a
lot to see and do! Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures to
share back home. People come from all over the world to visit Emerald
Explore the North Carolina Mining Museum and take an
underground tour of the historic Bon Ami Mine. Learn the history of
mining in this area, see the splashing Bon Ami Waterfall, and marvel at
world-class collections of old mining and historical equipment.
the thrill of discovery at The Gemstone Mine, and choose from a variety
of gem buckets available. Keep everything you find! Have your special
finds made into beautiful jewelry for a very special souvenir.
the Discovery Mill building, with free displays including a model
railroad display, native wildlife, black-light minerals, antique tool
collection, and the impressive Antique Music Museum.
unique gift shops, get a snack in our deli, and enjoy our indoor and
outdoor picnic areas. Try Gold Panning at the Blue Ridge Gold Mine and
choose from a large collection of local minerals for sale in the Blue
Ridge Rock Shop. Those looking for rugged adventure can dig for emeralds
in the dumps of the world famous Crabtree Emerald Mine. For a unique
after-dark experience, take the Black Light Mine Tour and see the
underground mine magically lit up with special ultraviolet lamps.
Emerald Village is a place like no other, with so much to see and do! Please visit us soon. We promise a "Gem of A Day"!
If you have any questions please contact us at 828-ROK-MINE (765-6463)