Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • Apr

    Experience what prospecting may have been like in the 1800’s. The whole family will have a fun (and educational) time prospecting for gems prominently found in the mountains of North Carolina….rubies, emeralds, sapphires, quartz crystals, citrine, amethyst, garnets and more!  Only 5 minutes from downtown Hendersonville and about 30 minutes from Asheville NC, you’ll find the ELIJAH MOUNTAIN GEM MINE.  The flumes are covered to provide protection from the rain or hot sun.  Choose the size bucket and type of gems you wish to mine for….prices range from $9 for 1 gallon of dirt all the way up to $125 for a family size “whopper” 15 gallons worth of dirt….not just ordinary dirt, but dirt that holds the promise of gems!  Their website claims that valuable gems are found every day.  Visit the 3000 SF antique and collectable shop.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy eating by the creek. 



    Location: 2120 Brevard Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739

         From downtown Hendersonville: go West on Highway 64 about 2.5 miles.

         From Asheville: I-26 E to Exit 49B. Go 5 miles on Hwy 64 West. 

         Mine is on the left.  Look for signs

    Hours:  11 AM to 4 PM Daily

    Phone:  828-693-3123

    Where to stay:  has delightful cottages and large homes in Hendersonville and nearby Fletcher. 


    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!!

    Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email:

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