Emerald Village

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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 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 Village!

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association sends a newsletter out twice a year to thousands of AAA offices throughout the USA and Canada. Travel counselors in those offices use this information to guide their customers to exciting destinations. We ’re proud to be featured on the first page of the Spring/Summer issue, ahead of Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain.

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.

Experience 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.

Tour 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.

Browse our 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)

58 Things to do at Emerald Village:

    Take the self-guided tour of the underground Bon Ami Mine.

    See rocks magically glow in the Black Light Tunnel.

    Find gems in buckets at the Gemstone Mine flumes.

    Have a specialist identify your gem finds.

    Learn about special night-time black light mine tours.

    Enjoy the scenic overlook above the Bon Ami Mine.

    Walk to the entrance of the Big Deal Mine to view an underground pond.

    Shop for souvenirs in the Museum gift shop.

    See the re-creation of the old-time Little Switzerland Dentist Office.

    Watch the model trains in a realistic HO train display.

    Enjoy a picnic in either the inside or outside picnic areas.

    Try your hand at gold panning—it’s fun!

    Have your gems cut and mounted in jewelry.

    Be impressed by the Antique Music Museum.

    Peer off the balcony overlooking the Big Deal Mine.

    View a world-wide black light mineral display.

    See a world-wide collection of minerals & crystals.

    Experience two life-like wildlife displays.

    Amble through the newly-opened Museum Annex.

    Take photos of the giant Big McKinney Mine.

    Savor the sound and beauty of the Bon Ami waterfall.

    Visit the Junction shop for souvenirs & snacks.

    Look at the antique steam engine in the Museum parking lot.

    View the collection of gems & minerals from these mines.

    Walk to the amphitheatre mine.

    Try and identify all the old-timey items in the Homestead Museum.

    Walk around the whole village for exercise!

    Find the old steam shovel across the creek.

    Look at the 1929 Model A hand-crank dump truck.

    See a 1920’s Fordson Tractor in great condition.

    Discover what a rail-bender is.

    See the black-smith shop in the Bon Ami Mine.

    Chuckle over the primitive mine bathroom cars.

    Read about “The Big Boom” in the Big Deal Mine.

    View the collection of Emeralds from the Crabtree Emerald Mine.

    Discover the wonders of Mica in our Museum exhibit.

    Feed trout in the Mine Lake.

    Find Geese & Ducks swimming in the ponds.

    See the community of swallows that live in the mine.

    Explore the Company Store –a whole mining town in one building.

    Discover the hidden mine under the highway.

    Sample delicious home-made fudge at the Museum.

    See a world-class collection of old mining lights.

    View the 100-year-old Gold Balance from the Bank of England.

    See the 100-year-old player piano with drums!

    Look for the one-horse open sleigh.

    Try to find the hidden staircase.

    Read the legend of the Miner’s daughter, Ellie Joe.

    Enjoy a snack or an ice cream bar while browsing the shops.

    Smell the fresh popcorn in the junction shop.

    Watch a gem-cutter in action.

    Pull the train whistle to make it blow.

    Ring the bell from the old fire engine.

    Dig for emeralds at the historic Crabtree Emerald Mine.

    See a mine elevator.

    Soak up the clean mountain air, mild temperatures and beautiful views.

    Have a Gem of a Day!

    Resolve to come back again and again!


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McDowell & Mitchell Counties, North Carolina

Close to Asheville, closer to Mother Nature.