Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about an hour from Asheville, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction! Tour a real mine, see old mining equipment & enjoy the splashing waterfall! See the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with many free displays and a gift and snack shop. Have ‘buckets of fun’ at our spectacular Gemstone Mine searching for real gems. Find colorful gems and keep them all! We also offer custom gem cutting, jewelry making, gold panning, and night-time Black Light mine tours! Have a gem of a day!