Mining at the AOC: Gems, Minerals, Fossils & Shells
Asheville Outdoor Center offers Gem Mining right here in Asheville, NC; along the banks of the historic French Broad River, near the famous Biltmore House.
Grab a bucket and sluicing box, sit down and discover some real gemstones, rubies, sapphires, shells, and fossils. Gem Mining is a fun, relaxing activity suitable for all ages. Searching for hidden treasures brings out the smiles in everyone. That's right, you get to keep what ever you find (each bucket guaranteed to contain either real gemstones, minerals, shells or fossils).
We provide all equipment and mining gear for a fun-filled activity for young and old alike. Come sit beside our authentic 8' waterwheel, complete with water tower, mining sluice, old-time wagon, and authentic Teepee. Plan on having tons of fun, finding treasures and getting dirty!!!
Identify the Find
1st French Broad River Miners, 5.16.09
Birthday Party Miners
Fun For All Ages
Sluicing and Sorting
How it works: Come on down to the river at 521 Amboy Road Asheville, NC. Say hello to one of our friendly staff and pick out a bucket. You can choose from Minerals, Precious Stones, Shells and a Fossils bucket. Take your bucket down to the mining trough, pour a little in your screen, let the moving water carry away the dirt to reveal what you have found. Every bucket guaranteed! Gem Mining requires no experience, is fun to do and you may even enjoy gettin' a little dirty.
Gem Mining prices for 2017 Price includes: Mining bucket, complimentary identification card, complimentary treasure bag (to put all of your stones in) and all necessary equipment for a fun filled special day of mining for real stones, fossils, and minerals. Price does not include NC sales tax.
Shells only bucket
Gems only bucket
Gems & Minerals bucket
Fossils only bucket
*Prices subject to change. Please call our office for complete details.
old timey wagon
Asheville Outdoor Center 521 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806 828-232-1970