Hidden gems can literally be found in Transylvania County by mining. In Transylvania, there are several options for gem mining:
•Bear Tracks Travel Center is located at 10932 Rosman Highway on the way toward Lake Toxaway and Sapphire. Bear Tracks has an outdoor covered flume allowing gem seekers to while away the hours. For more information, call (828) 862-8992 or go to www.beartrackstravel center.com.
•Crystal Mountain Gem Mine is located on South Broad Street in Brevard. Treasure seekers may try their luck at an indoor 52-foot-long indoor water flume. Everything you find, you get to keep, including rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst and quartz crystals. For more information, call (828) 877-4700 or go to www.crystalmarketminingcompany.com.
•Pisgah Forest Gem Mine is located at 3338 Asheville Highway and offers indoor and outdoor mining. For more information, call (828) 367-8330 or go to www.pisgahforestgemmining.com.
•Mountain Treasures Gem Mine is located at 15835 Rosman Highway, Lake Toxaway. For more information, call (828) 966-4334.
•Whitewater Equestrian Center, located at 1350 N.C. 281S. in Sapphire, also offers gem mining. For more information, call (828) 966-9646 or go to www.funhorsebackriding.com. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.