If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, it’s pretty apparent that we love the outdoors. I’m constantly browsing the web for different adventures to take with my boys in our area, so I was so excited to discover that the “Gem Mining Capital of the World” was only a couple hours’ drive from us.

As soon as big A had a day off, we were making plans. We’ve never gone mining before, so we had no idea what to expect. Thankfully, there were several mines that took a lot of the guesswork out of it.


For this trip, we honestly just wanted to get our feet wet in the idea of gem mining. We had no idea what to expect, or even if we’d like it, so I was so excited when I found a mine that was affordable, family friendly, and provided all the needed tools!!




We started by heading into the “mine” with our buckets. Because this was a more family-friendly place, the mine was actually just two huge mounds of dirt that were collected from real mines. We were instructed not to “pick through” the dirt, which was so hard to do because we could see the shimmer from some of the gems!

After collecting our buckets, we headed over to the water to sift through the dirt and collect our treasures.



We ended up getting pretty lucky and finding soooo many gems! I was so surprised to see how dull and rock-like they looked. I honestly thought they’d be shiny and beautiful. I’ve since learned that they need to be buffed and polished before they’ll be anywhere near what they’re like in the store.
Since our trip, I’ve been using our Dremel tool to buff some off the gems, and they’re really starting to shine through, so watch out for my updated post on that!
Overall, we had an absolutely wonderful time looking for our very own gems! I think we’ve decided that next time, we want to go to a real mine.
Until next time,

Author: Savannah Baker

Savannah is a full-time mom of one, and can often be found outside on one of her various adventures. She enjoys carving her own path through natural and holistic living, as well as discovering ways to use food as medicine.

  • That sounds like such a fun and cool activity to try! Glad you found lots of gems. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back next week.

  • That sounds like such a fun and cool activity to try! Glad you found lots of gems. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back next week.

  • Ah wow, that looks like a fab day out. It's a real shame we don't have anywhere like that in the UK #KCACOLS

  • wow, I have never done anything like this – here in England you can sometimes choose to pay lots of money to do a fake version of this in some theme parks, but doing it for real is amazing! What a great day out! #KCACOLS

  • That is soo cool!!!!! I will have to look into this as we have some mines around here too

  • We used to do this in Tennessee when I was a kid. Love it!

  • We used to live in Western NC and we loved mining for gems. Looks like you all had a wonderful time:)

  • We mined and sluiced for gold for 12 years off and on. Kids loved going. Rocks, dirt and water what more could you want.