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Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

As seen on the "Learning Channel,"

Spruce Pine, NC Pioneer History

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

Historic Orchard at Altapass

Enjoy hayrides following the path of the Revolutionary War mountain soldiers or storytelling hayrides about our part of the mountains. An Appalachian cultural & historical center celebrating the people, music, art &

Spruce Pine, NC Orchards


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

Things to do near Spruce Pine, NC

Daniel Boone Native Gardens

The gardens feature a collection of North American native plant material in an informal landscape design, for education and p...

The Gamekeeper Restaurant

Modern mountain cuisine featuring fresh seasonal produce, vegetarian entrees, game and fish. Cooked on a wood fire grill. Loc...

Judaculla Rock

Huge boulder with yet unexplained hieroglyphics said to be carved by Indians....

Hickory Ridge Homestead & Living History Museum

Living history recreated by docents in traditional costume, working with traditional tools, engaged in hearth baking, candle-...

After The Snow

Lovely fully equipped 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin nestled in the woods, 4 miles from Murphy center. Paved road and drive. C...