Gems & Minerals

Take Home A Real Mountain Treasure! Mitchell County has many gem mining locations offering the opportunity for folks of all ages to go home with a treasure. The Museum of North Carolina Minerals, located at Milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, features new exhibits and interactive displays telling the history and story of the Spruce Pine Mining District and what makes us home to the most important mining district in the world.

Spruce Pine is the Gem Mining Capital of the U.S., and each August, the North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival is held in Spruce Pine at the Pinebridge Coliseum. Dealers and visitors from around the world converge on the Mineral City for a week of sales, swaps, visits to local mines and landmarks, fun and fellowship.

Gem Mining links:

The Museum of North Carolina Minerals

North Carolina Mineral & Gem Festival

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