The best way to describe this place is to quote the website:
"The Gem Valley NC (LLC) Mine is a family business and one of North Carolina's newest attractions and is the only public gem-mining/gold-panning facility in the beautiful mountains of Ashe County, NC! Located at the historical mine of Ore Knob, you can find us at 2489 Little Peak Creek Road off of Highway 88 in Jefferson/Laurel Springs (look for the signs). Gem Valley is only minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway and one of the oldest rivers in the world, the "New River."
If you like "gem mining", you'll LOVE Gem Valley LLC! The whole family is invited to spend the day with us (rain or shine)! We offer a fun and educational experience for all individuals, families, and groups of all sizes. Be sure to bring your cameras as Ashe County offers some breathtaking mountain views. You will find valuable gold and gems in our covered gem mining flume that are yours to keep and enjoy. Equipment is furnished and we will be happy to inspect your stones, free of charge. Experienced gem cutters are also on hand to cut and design jewelry from your finds.
Visit the Gem Valley NC Gem & Gift-shop & Museum for all kinds of rock, mineral and gem items and Mountain/Gift Souvenirs.
At Gem Valley NC there is something fun to do for everyone, such as gem mining, gold panning, camping on site and much, much more! Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a very pleasant and comfortable family atmosphere nestled in the beautiful mountains of NC.
OUR HOURS: MAY-OCTOBER: 9:00AM-5:00PM daily
$10.00 per person for access to the flumes and mining for the entire day.
Seniors over 65 please request your 10% discount at the Gem Shop.
Large groups can also get discounted entrance rates by making advanced plans!
Children 5 years old and younger accompanied by a paid adult have Free Admission.
Bucket prices start at $10.00 a bucket and up.
Visit our online rock-shop at: http://www.GemValleyNC.com
contact info: email@example.com