Doc's Rocks Gem Mining

HomeAttractions, Boone, NCDoc’s Rocks Gem Mine

Mine for gems and learn about the historical geology of the Appalachian Mountains, how they were formed and what can be found here. Open seven days a week from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm with the last bucket sold at 4:30 (but our gift shop is open until 5:00pm). 

Add gem mining to any Mystery Hill ticket starting at $12 for a small bucket.


Doc’s Rocks is North Carolina’s ONLY education-based gem mine backed by the Board of Education. Discover gemstones and fossils that formed locally while learning about the unique geological history that created the Appalachian Mountain Range. We offer complete geological programs for students of all ages and grade levels. We will customize lectures designed for each classroom to fit specific science related curriculum programs. All programs are taught by staff geologists and paleontologists. Group trips must be book at least TWO WEEKS in advance. Please contact us for pricing and to schedule (828) 264-4499.