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Welcome to Gem Valley NC!

  • Updates
  • Covid-19 Info
  • What's New Rockhound?


We are excited to have another year sharing geology and rock history!

Due to multiple issues beyond our control, we are operating at limited hours and reduced capacity this season. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

The 2024 Season for Gem Valley will be as follows:

  • The first day of the Season is Friday, May 17th, 2024
  • Gem mining is open Friday through Monday - 10 AM to 2 PM EST.
  • Gem Valley is CLOSED Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Due to issues beyond our control, the Gem Shop is TEMPORARILY CLOSED until furture notice.
  • No new miners are permitted after 1:00PM.
  • For groups of 6 or more, please contact us in advance to ensure we can accommodate you.
  • Bucket-of-Ore prices (for fluming) are as follows:
    • $10.00 Sampler Pail
    • $15.00 Kid's Pail (comes with take-home buckets and other cool goodies!
    • $25.00 Pail
    • $50.00 Pail
    • $100.00 Pail
    • $500.00 Barrel - **This must be requested in advance of your visit!**
    • Please always check our Facebook page for the latest information, including changes to opening hours or possible closures.

We apologize for any inconveniences this will cause for our loyal customers, however this is the only way we can continue to be open for this season. Thank you for your understanding and your support!

We love you all and hope to continue to offer advice and support to all our fellow Rock Hounds!


The Gem Valley Family

Please follow our facebook page for the latest updates regarding our business.

For any questions such as gem identification, please send an email with a picture to and we'll do our best to assist. Thank you for a wonderful season, and Happy Prospecting!

Please note: in the case of bad weather, the flumes will be closed.

Followers of our Facebook Page have a chance to win free gemstones every month!

Our FAQs have been updated with some additional information. Go check 'em out!

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The safety of our customers and our employees are our highest priority. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 we have reduced our hours of operation to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Please consider practicing social distancing and using face masks while visiting us to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

What's New in the Rockhound World?

February 2013: Scientists discovered how bacteria can change ions into gold!

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