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Spruce Pine Gem & Gold Mine

Mine for native gemstones with one of the oldest mining families in North Carolina. Documented by National Geographic Magizine. Mining this area since 1810. Featured on PBS and in Readers Digest. Open year-round with covered flumes. Heated indoor flume in winter with warm water. Gemcutting &

Spruce Pine, NC Pioneer History

Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

As seen on the "Learning Channel,"

Spruce Pine, NC Pioneer History

The Blue Ridge Soap Shed

Visitors can see soap made dailyApril - October, and enjoy all our handmade soaps (70+ varieties)

Spruce Pine, NC Tours

Museum of N.C. Minerals

Exhibits feature minerals and gems found in North Carolina. Fun, interactive displays explain the importance of mining in the region.

Spruce Pine, NC Museums



Roan Mountain

This high ridge along the North Carolina-Tennessee state line, in Pisgah National Forest, stands 6,285

Bakersville, NC Other Attractions

Laurel Oaks Farm

Secluded chalet and spacious log house, both with stunning views on 170+ acres of mostly wooded farm on which we run sheep guarded by a llama.Farm and wool-spinning demonstrations.

Bakersville, NC Farms

Boyd's Family Seafood

Calabash Style seafood here in the mountains. Also, feature steaks, chicken and other varities. Two rooms available in order to carter larger parties.

Bakersville, NC Other Attractions


Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club

Challenging par-72 golf course offering small, fast bentgrass greens and a 90 cart path rule, weather permitting. Championship (6277 yards, 70.2 rating, 132 slope); Middle (5744 yards, 68.0 rating, 125 slope); Forward (4797 yards, 68.9 rating, 125 slope). 18 holes, par 72. clubhouse, rstrnt./

Spruce Pine, NC Golf Courses

Penland School of Crafts - Penland Gallery

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Penland Gallery offers a tour of the campus. This indepth, guided tour tells the history of the School and visits many of the working student artists. Reservations are required through the Gallery.The School of Crafts offers over 12

Penland, NC Arts

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