Simply The Best

Gem Mining Experience

We do not use sand and provide an environment and an experience that you shall never forget. See why, and become one of the hundreds of returning guests.

Simply The Best

Gem Mining

We do not use sand and provide an environment and an experience that you shall never forget. See why, and become one of the hundreds of returning guests.

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10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Not just gem mining – a gem mining experience!

We do not use the word ‘best’ lightly. The Lilly Pad Village is NOT JUST GEM MINING – WE ARE AN EXPERIENCE! 

We guarantee that your gem mining adventure will be the best ever! We can be imitated but never duplicated!

Gem mining Blue Ridge GA

Look what I found!

The Lilly Pad gem mining is not only fun and entertaining but it is interactive and certainly memorable. We work very hard to offer the most generous, comfortable and educational gem mining experience in Blue Ridge. Every bucket is totally unique and the gemstones are large and colorful. You may find EmeraldsSapphiresRubies, Garnets, Amethyst, Quartz of all colors, Tigers Eye and Moonstones just to name a few.

We DO NOT use sand, so your fun can literally last as long as you wish. (sand washes through in no time).

Our gem buckets are loaded and our knowledgeable staff is ALWAYS at hand to explain what you find, offer valuable and educational information on gemstones in general or give directions and recommendations to hiking, dining and other Blue Ridge activities.

Your kids will have fun with “gemstone magic” (where a large gemstone or two magically appear out of nowhere in their trays). No one leaves the Lilly Pad Village without a huge stash, without a smile and without the wish to be back soon. We get hundreds of repeat business, great reviews and lots of kids (and adults) showing up three / four times during the course of their vacation. This is the reason why we established our frequent miner program. Repeat miners always get a discount!

The Lilly Pad  Gem Mining is located on our beautiful property, away from Aska Road, away from traffic and noise, offering a covered and shaded area with seating for parents, fans to cool the air and to chase bugs away. Most times in the season, we also offer on-site gem-polishing  – Jim and Karen are not only very knowledgeable but also fun and entertaining, providing great social interaction.

We simply LOVE making kids smile, see parents happy – and of course look forward to seeing them the next day (It happens way too often)

Do not forget – buying tickets online will always SAVE you money. Gem Mining makes a great gift! Gift certificates are available. Discount for groups of ten or more.

We appreciate that you have a choice – now try the BEST!

Gem Mining Prices

Our Gem Buckets are VERY generous - perhaps the most gemstones that you can find in any gem mining place. We are absolutely HANDS ON with personal assistance at all times. Our gem mining guides are very knowledgeable - your entire gem mining experience is educational as well as a fun activity.

Gem mine in a beautiful setting and not in a parking lot or side of a busy road....

We have a lot of questions on the duration of the activity - it is COMPLETELY up to the individual and how detailed you want to get. So count on anywhere from fifteen minutes to a couple of hours.
Gem Mining for One .
12 LBS of gem dirt about 8 to 10 oz. plus of assorted gemstones.
Gem Mining for Two ($14.00 each).
24 LBS of gem dirt - about 16 to 20 oz. of gemstone finds.
Gem Mining for Three ($14.00 each).
Three one gallon buckets - 36 LBS of gem dirt. 25 to 35 oz. plus of gemstones.
Big Blue Bucket - good for up to eight guests.
About 50 LBS of gem dirt with about $25.00 worth additional gemstones and a gem ID card.
You will walk away with about 50 to 60 oz. plus of gemstones per bucket.
Gem ID Card$3.00
Polish your gemstones at the Lilly Pad

Have Your Gemstones Polished

If you would like to turn your finds into jewelry, we offer cutting and polishing services. Pick your favorite stone and have Jim go to work for you. We also ship, so you can leave your gemstones with us and receive your polished stones in the mail.

Some of the gemstones you might find: