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At Christ Museum & Gardens, you’ll experience the greatest story ever told through realistic life-size scenes from the life of Christ. Rare gems and coins plus the awe-inspiring face of Christ sculpture. Plus, the Book of Revelation exhibit and Bible collection. Temporarily closed- stay tuned for details on our… Read More
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine – Keep what you find in the treasure hunt of your life! Mine for rubies, emeralds and more. Gemstone and fossil store, picnic area, and goats to pet and feed! Open year round at 2120 Brevard Road in Hendersonville, NC. (828) 692-6560. Read More
Emerald Village is just 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Little Switzerland, Milepost 333.9. Gem mining, gold panning, mine tours, waterfall, free exhibits, real mines, fun shopping! NC’s Gem! www.emeraldvillage.com (828) 765-6463. Read More
Accessible from US 23, 441, 64, and NC 28. Gem and ruby mines, scenic waterfalls and more! For more information on accommodations and attractions, please contact the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce at 98 Hyatt Rd, Franklin, NC 28734. (828) 524-3161, (800) 336-7829, or www.franklin-chamber.com.  … Read More
Gem Mountain – Located at Milepost 330.9. Mine trips to an active mine. Flume mining at its best. Picnic area, gem & jewelry store, general store, ice cream and free fluorescent mineral display. Make your gems into jewelry. People’s choice for gem mining! Open March-December, Monday-Saturday from 10-5. (828)… Read More
Your Lost Sea adventure includes a ¾ mile round-trip walking tour on wide sloping pathways and a glass-bottom boat ride on The Lost Sea, America’s Largest Underground Lake. Guides share the cavern’s exciting & colorful history and explain the fascinating geological development of the immense cavern rooms and rare… Read More
Luray Caverns – Eastern America’s largest and most popular caverns. A U.S. Natural Landmark featuring the world’s only Stalacpipe Organ.  Enjoy step-free entrance and tours on all-paved walkways through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10-stories high, towering stone formations, and natural wonders at every turn. Just 10 minutes from Skyline… Read More
Welcome to the Blue Ridge Traveler’s area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’re here to help you plan the vacation that fits your lifestyle. What will you find? Miles of epic backcountry trails scattered throughout our region of the Pisgah National Forest.  Ramble through pristine wilderness areas showcasing stellar waterfalls,… Read More
Exit at Parkway Milepost 330.9 for gem mining, gem & mineral shops, Gem & Mineral Festival, Rhododendron Festival, whitewater rafting, Appalachian Trail/Roan Mountain, Penland School of Crafts, and NC’s largest indoor recreational facility! For accommodations, event dates & attractions, contact: Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, 79 Parkway Maintenance Road, Spruce… Read More
Mystery Hill has been amazing Parkway visitors for over 70 years. Fun and educational for the entire family. Explore North Carolina’s only Natural Gravitational Anomaly (see above photo), experience hands-on science activities, create giant soap bubbles big enough to surround an adult, try… Read More