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The North Carolina Mountains Sights

Emerald Village

  • 331 McKinney Mine Rd. Map It
  • Little Switzerland
  • Mine

Updated 10/15/2014

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You can tour an underground mine or dig for gems or pan for gold (buckets are salted with the precious substances) at one of seven mines in this touristy commercial complex.

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331 McKinney Mine Rd., at MM 334 Blue Ridge Pkwy., Little Switzerland, North Carolina, 28749, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Mine museum self-guided tour, $7; nighttime blacklight tours $15; gem mining $10–$20; gold panning $10–$500
  • Closed Nov.–Mar.

Updated 10/15/2014


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