We are a locally owned and operated family owned business established in 2007Use our Blowing Rock online day trip planner to arrange your visit to Doc's Rocks Gem Mine and other attractions in Blowing Rock.
Doc – Randy “Doc” McCoy is a retired Army Special Forces (Green Beret, 7th SFG), Emergency Field Surgeon. Doc retired from the Army in 2002 and after 9 years of medical school decided to go back to college for geology. He attended Appalachian State University where he double majored in Geology and Recreation Management. Doc has been cutting gemstones since he was 19 years old and loves to teach this dying art to anyone who is willing to learn but especially to his young son D’Artagnan.
Trina – Doc’s wife grew up at Ft. Bragg where Doc retired. Trina quit her full time job to help Doc pursue his dream. Trina is the back bone of Doc’s Rocks handling paperwork, ordering and jewelry as well as running her full time coffee shop.
D’Artagnan – Doc’s son was born in 2004 and started cutting gemstones at 2 years old . The first stone he cut was a topaz which is a stone that gives even the professionals’ trouble. D’Artagnan (or “Tanion” for short) is well educated in the field of geology and can perform any task required at the mine. If we are busy, don’t be surprised to see Tanion identifying gemstones for a family or working the flume or even cutting stones.
We are a very pet friendly business and actually have a few pets of our own here at the mine.
Phoebe – Our genuine rock hound pup, she is also known as ‘Trina’s shadow’.
Doc's Rocks Gem Mine Reviews
While visiting the Blowing Rock area my wife and I took our 2 kids here and they had a great time. After mining you can go inside and have someone look at each rock and explain what they are as well a... more »
My husband has been wanting to go Gem mining for several years and this place did not disappoint! The staff was great, very friendly and knowledgeable about the stones. Great experience! more »
We took our 11 year old son and 15 year old daughter to Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine because we thought they would enjoy it. As it turns out my husband and I really enjoyed it too! It is definitely something the whole family can do. The gems we took home were beautiful. The staff at Doc’s were friendly as well as very informative and helped us identify each gem we brought home. We got the pail called The Mother Lode which took us about 25-30 minutes to go through and in the end we even discovered a geode! There is also a very interesting museum, a neat gift shop and very tasty coffee! Looking forward to returning soon!
My 2.5 year old son loved this. We purchased the "emerald" package for $14 and it was perfect for us. When you finish sifting through the dirt an expert then goes over everything you found and gives you a little brochure on what the gems are. Our son really enjoyed that and was reading up on his finds before bed.
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