Spruce Pine North Carolina Tourism - Historic Sites, Museums, Gemstone Mine, Art Galleries, Gardens, Pisgah National Forest, Camping, Festivals

In Spruce Pines you will find:

Blue Ridge Parkway

Crafts - Penland School of Crafts founded in 1914 by Rufus Morgan, school teaches mountain crafts like weaving, clay, glass making and more. Gallery

Toe River Art council

Roan Mountain Gardens

  • US 19E and NC 226 in the Black Mountains
  • camping

Gem mountain gemstone mine, Crabtree emerald, aquamarine, moonstones, garnet, citrine, amethyst, ruby sapphire and other gems, features the largest emerald collection in USA, you find the gems and keep them, stone identification, gem cutting and jewelry making available,  Sands of time museum, history and tradition of Mining, picnic, gift and souvenir shop, Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine tours and more.

  • Pisgah national forest
  • Grassy Creek - speedway, go cart track
  • Nascar collectible pit stop shop
  • Pinebridge center - roller skating, shuffelboard, putt putt, horseshoes

Orchard at Altapass - apple orchard, hayrides, crafts, mountain music and heritage, walking guided tour

North Carolina mineral and Gem festival is in the first week of August with gem exhibitions and demonstrations.

North Carolina Museum of Minerals - Milespost 331 Blue Ridge Parkway, Highway 226, Spruce Pine, NC 2877, (828) 765-2761, displays 300 varieties of rocks and minerals found in North Carolina. ruby, aquamarine, and emerald are shown in both rough and finished states.

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Emerald Village - located on the former site of Big McKiNey and Bon Ami mine which operated over 100 years ago. There is a museum underground, tour, you can mine for gems, fee.

  • Beautiful views
  • NC Ski Resort
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

Find Lodging in nearby towns

Boone NC Hotels

Banner Elk NC Hotels

Blowing Rock Hotels

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Visit nearby: Biltmore Estates in Asheville NC.