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Broad River Gems & Mining Co.

218 River Lndg, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-7390
+1 828-286-1220
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The Only Gem Mine to Go to in Lake Lure

By far the BEST gem mining option in the Lake Lure area. The gentlemen who runs this truly wants... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2017
Greg Z
Vero Beach, Florida
Fun Gem Mining , Fascinating Shop, Hospitable Owners

We went to Broad River Gems and Mining Company to let our four grandchildren gem mine. They are... read more

Reviewed July 7, 2017
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
218 River Lndg, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-7390
+1 828-286-1220
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

By far the BEST gem mining option in the Lake Lure area. The gentlemen who runs this truly wants the kids to learn about geology. He takes extra time to go over almost every rock they find. Large buckets are much better priced than what...More

Thank Greg Z
Reviewed July 7, 2017

We went to Broad River Gems and Mining Company to let our four grandchildren gem mine. They are four rock hounds, ages 4 to 8. They loved every minute, sifting through two seeded buckets each. The owner took time to educate them about their finds,...More

Thank clshea2014
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Great place to bring the kids and the host is a wealth of information on gems and the local area... Not too expensive and the kids loved it...

Thank rgchambers
Reviewed February 21, 2017 via mobile

The owner of this little location is what makes local. Well, local! He is a life long rockhound and has so many items for sale, but he also has museum quality pieces to view and appreciate. Kids did the gem mining. Yes, it is buckets...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed August 25, 2016

The Broad River Gems and Mining Co. is the best gem mining experience in the area! The actual gem mining area is open and not confined and sits along side the river. The gem shop is absolutely the best! It is not so much a...More

Thank Connie C
Reviewed July 23, 2016

Broad River Gems is a great way to spend an hour with your family. I went with my 5 year old nephew and he had a blast. He liked the bear skeleton and all the cool stuff in the store/museum. Then we found lots of...More

Thank JenKE23
Reviewed June 28, 2016

If you enjoy gems, rocks and relics, you will enjoy this place. There is even a stone with a mosquito in it like in Jurassic Park along with other bones & such from dinosaur to look at. You can also purchase gem jewelry. The owner...More

Thank 1sttimevisit2015
Reviewed January 15, 2016

There are a lot of Gem mining places in the area. NONE of the other places have what Broad River Gem mining (BRGM) has. BRGM has a curio shop that will WOW kids and adults. Gems, Fossils, Butterfly and Bug collections, Meteorites, giant shark jaws,...More

Thank chuckland
Reviewed November 30, 2015

This place is outstanding! My family and I visited during our Thanksgiving trip. We were incredibly impressed with the shop and the variety of rocks and gems for purchase. We panned for gems at their panning station and even found some local gems. (The buckets...More

Thank Tracy L
Reviewed October 22, 2015

Nice for adults and kids alike to browse. You can "mine" your own gems downstairs/out back, and mostly adults were doing so...some apparently are regulars. You can buy a small to jumbo bucket of sand/rocks and mine them in the sluice. Fun

Thank Sandtom
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