The 2021 NC MIneral and Gem Festival Mine Tours have been scheduled. Thank you to our sponsor Quartz Corporation for their support again this year. Please see the ticket options below. Remember, reservations are required in advance and there is a limit to how many we take on the tours, so reserve your spot early!
Reservations are required. Click below to reserve your Thursday (Adult Ticket) Mine Tour. Cost is $27 per adult
Reservations are required. Click below to reserve your Friday (Adult Ticket) Mine Tour. Cost is $27 per adult.
Reservations are required. Click below to reserve your Thursday (Child Under 12) Mine Tour. Cost is $14 per child
Reservations are required. Click below to reserve your Friday (Child Under 12 Ticket) Mine Tour. Cost is $14 per child
Yes! Kids can go on the Mine Tours. Kids under 12 years old aare $14.
Yes! The Quartz Corporation meets with our mine tour groups 30 minutes prior to departing for the mine to provide safety training and give out hard hats and safety glasses.
Some of our mine tour goers have brought small picks and hammers to help break rocks into smaller pieces but you don't have to bring any tools. You can simply walk around the mine and pick up items that you see.
We do not cancel the mine tour trip if it rains. We recommend bringing a rain jacket or poncho just in case.
You will meet at the Festival site at 6:30 PM to check in, receive safety training and equipment before loaded vans that will take you to the mine and return you to your car at the Festival site. The tour ends at approximately 9 pm.
Your Mine Tour will be at Pine Mountain Mine. Pine Mountain Mine is one of the largest operating mines in North America. Mining began in the 1950's in the Pine Mt Mine for Feldspar. The primary ore is Pegmatite and Alaskite. The minerals that can be found there in large quantities are Quartz ( Smokey and Pink), Feldspar ( potassium and calcium), Muscovite mica, garnet, and Biotite schist. The mine is currently being mined for Feldspar, Quartz, and Mica and is active and supplies both processing facilities at Minpro and Atltapass in Spruce Pine.
The QUARTZ Corp is a key supplier of High Purity Quartz Sand for the solar, semiconductor, and fibre optic markets. Our quartz is sourced in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, where the unique geology of the landscape offers the world’s highest purity quartz deposits. From there, our products are shipped to Drag, Norway, where our state-of-the-art production facility enables us to produce quartz which is 99.998% SiO2.