"gem mines" North Carolina Tourist Trap Tip by MandaJ320

North Carolina Tourist Traps: 8 reviews and 2 photos

you'll see these places throughout the mountains, places where you can go and buy a bag of dirt from a mine and sift through them in water to find gemstones. you WILL find gemstones like garnets, citrine, emeralds, sapphires, rose quarts, topaz, tourmaline, and amethysts, but it's definitely a tourist trap.

i have found some nice pieces in these sorts of places, but you just get the feeling that you're cheating....

i would recommend this for kids, definitely, because it can be fun. but just beware, they only want your money.

Unique Suggestions: bring your kids. kids love it. i did when i was a kid. it taught me about gemstones.

Fun Alternatives: find your own mountain stream and look for your own rocks!!! :-)

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2005
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