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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Fun for the Whole Family

Surprisingly fun for all ages and educational as well. On-site gemologist to help identify your... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Pat C
Docs is a special gem!

This place will always hold a special spot in my heart. It was my first date with my husband, and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stephanie O
Clemmons, North Carolina
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gem mining”(51 reviews)
“fossil museum”(21 reviews)
“stones cut”(14 reviews)
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129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
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All reviews gem mining fossil museum stones cut gems cut rose quartz fun activity lots of fun staff was friendly kids and adults rainy day year old son whole family mystery hill great visit super fun tourist trap bucket
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Surprisingly fun for all ages and educational as well. On-site gemologist to help identify your finds.

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place will always hold a special spot in my heart. It was my first date with my husband, and where he proposed. We always loved going for a visit to the mountains after graduating from ASU. The trip was never complete without a stop...More

Thank Stephanie O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of fun for the whole family. It was like an Easter egg hunt but for gems. The ones we found were beautiful and worth bringing home.

Thank JDB739
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Spent $36 for a bucket of dirt to sift. An educated person told us about the precious few rocks we had discovered from our bucket, and how they were made in the earth. That was the only redeeming part of this excursion. There was a...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We took our 10 yr old son to do some mining for gems. First off the store is super neat! Part museum, part shop. Really quite educational if you take the time to read and discuss the items they have displayed. As a homeschool mom...More

2  Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This was a cool spot with so many ch more than great gem sifting. The boys wanted to go upstairs and see the fossil museum so the girls grabbed coffee in the cute shop downstairs. Fun little jaunt we all enjoyed while on a camping...More

1  Thank Alison V
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Great stop with the family. Lots of things to do here including the gem mining. It was fun learning about what the stones were.

1  Thank Topsail T
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Decided to do this as a rainy day activity. I took my 3 year old and was surprised at how much he enjoyed sifting through the small bucket we purchased. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable and the gift shop was pretty cool. Definitely...More

1  Thank themamacakes
Reviewed 16 August 2018

We did some gem hunting here a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All the kids, big and little, found this entertaining. There were numerous exclaims and oohs and ahhhs as we found larger gems and brighter ones. I strongly suspect (and based on...More

1  Thank Kimberly T
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Lots of fun for individuals or families. You buy a bucket of sand full of sand and rocks. Various size buckets are available. Head outside to the sluice to scoop and wash the contents of your bucket. Then the real excitement begins when you take...More

1  Thank Tom B
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Cynthia C
9 July 2017|
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Response from johng1351 | Reviewed this property |
We had 5 stones cleaned and polished. When you do 5 they offer a discount of 10%. Total for the 5 was $180 before tax. They did a nice job on them . We came away with probably 10 more that are large enough to do something... More
25 March 2017|
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Response from cdnerb | Reviewed this property |
Doc's does rock hound trips. The first one is in June. If you look on their website it will tell more.
5 February 2015|
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Response from Tricia B | Reviewed this property |
depends on what you want. The biggest bucket (for about $60) is enough for 2-3 adults to do and will take about 30-45 minutes even with 2-3 adults. If it's an adult plus kids, then the largest bucket will be your best bet... More