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Date(s) - 06/01/2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Ingles Supermarket (opposite the Outlet Mall)












Join us for a fun day of Twisties, a Gem Mine tour, Gem Mining and a Scenic Lunch.

Our day itinerary is below:

9:30  am                       Depart from the Ingles Supermarket (863 Brevard Road, Asheville)(opposite the Outlet Mall)
9:30  am   – 11:30 am  Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the Switzerland Inn (with a photo op along the way)
11:30am   – 1:00   pm  Lunch at the Scenic Switzerland Inn
1:00  pm   – 2:00   pm  Mine Tour and Gem Mining at Emerald Village

Afterwards we can do a optional ride along  “The Diamondback” if we like.

You must Pre-Pay below $12.00 for the Emerald Village Gem Mine.
The cost will cover

  • Your tour begins at the NC Mining Museum, with a digital slide show in our indoor theatre. This short presentation gives history and facts about the Emerald Village mines and an overview of the various attractions and activities you’ll want to see while at Emerald Village.
  • Next a trained guide leads you on a tour of the underground Bon Ami Mine and the NC Mining Museum. You’ll see historical displays, the Bon Ami waterfall, the Hidden mine, and the black light tunnel. Each member gets a color gem identification chart and a free specimen of Mica.
  • Then we visit The Gemstone Mine flume and each person gets a bucket of gemstone mix to search through for genuine rough gems. Keep everything you find!
  • In addition, groups are invited to browse the free Discovery Mill Building displays, including the Wildlife Display, the Black Light Mineral Display, the Model Railroad Display, and the Antique Music Museum. We have a snack area with cold drinks, popcorn, chips, snacks and ice cream. You are encouraged to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic in either the indoor or outdoor picnic areas. Please let us know in advance if you plan on doing so. Two gift shops offer inexpensive souvenirs, gifts, rocks, and jewelry, so be sure to allow a little shopping time. We have ample bus parking and clean restrooms. Your group will learn about geology, earth science, minerals, gems, mining and area history while having an experience they will never forget! Many of our groups come back year after year!

General Information:
Ingles Supermarket
863 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC
(opposite the outlet mall)

Switzerland Inn
6 High Ridge Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

The Emerald Village
331 McKinney Mine Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777


Bookings are closed for this event.

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  • Barry Patascher
  • Robin Patascher
  • Gene Carter
  • Steven Queen
  • Wendy Haner
  • Robin Rogers
  • Monica Perry
  • Judith McElrath
  • Teresa balcom
  • Doug McCormick
  • Tara Sullivan
  • Jerry McCall
  • Dave Shepp
  • Joan Shepp
  • Alan Miller
  • Melanie Beers
  • Sonia Roberts
  • Kathleen Hoppe
  • Mike Mitchell
  • James Thieman
  • Alex Keith
  • Corinne Kelley
  • William Kelley
  • Rachael Jenkins
  • Tom Taylor
  • Cynthia Womble
  • Brandon Arrowood
  • Jennifer Downing
  • Frank Mullen
  • Angela Roach
  • Cathleen Coggins
  • Robbie Stahr
  • Patrick Crowley
  • Dallas Wisehaupt
  • David Smith