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Rio Doce Mine

14622 Hwy 226 S

Spruce Pine NC 28777


P.O. Box 296

Little Switzerland, NC 28749



Fax: 765-2097


Rio Doce Gem Mine is open everyday from Easter through Halloween.

The operating hours are from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.


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Groups of all types are welcome at Rio Doce! 


We guarantee your group will have a fun and memorable experience.  Our trained staff will meet and greet your bus and prepare them for the experience that lies ahead!  A special Assay session will be held after your group completes their flume experience to help your group identify their treasures!  School kids love the educational aspect of our mining experience. 

All Groups receive a 10% Discount on any size bag or bucket purchased as a group.


Qualified Groups

  • Senior Group Tours
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Birthday Parties
  • Student groups


Any group of 10 or more paying individuals qualifies as a group!  Travel Agents are welcome to contact us for special arrangements!

Don't forget the cameras!