This Hendersonville family-owned gem mine lets family members become prospectors. Gems found at the mine include rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. And don’t forget about the gold! Elijah Mountain Gem Mine has been an Asheville treasure from the beginning and has been voted #1 on TripAdvisor year after year. The mine has covered outdoor area flumes and indoor flumes and they are open 7 days a week.
Pricing ranges from $12.50 for 1.25 gallons of mine dirt up to the "Big Honkin' Tub" for $150 which includes 15 gallons of mine dirt and extra treasures like fossil, geodes, ruby, emerald and sapphire. Their Family Mining Super Deal is a crowd-pleaser at a $99 price tag and includes 4 large prospector dream buckets, treasure coins to spend, Gem ID Chart, Gemstone Book, Magnifying Glass and Little Miner Helmets. They also match all competitor's coupons.
If you find an especially nice gem, you can pay to get them to cut it at the mine and add your favorite to a necklace or pendant for no additional charge.
Bring a picnic for a creek-side lunch and mine at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine year-round in the covered flumes.