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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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Explore Western North Carolina!


Mitchell County is world renowned for its rich trove of gems and minerals. The world-famous North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival is held here each August.

Families come here to enjoy the pristine beauty of the unspoiled mountains and the fun and excitement that comes with the rich history and amazing natural beauty!

The following links have been provided for your use to help plan your trip to our wonderful mountain region.


  1. Grandfather Mountain
  2. Tweetsie Railroad
  3. The Blowing Rock
  4. Sugar Mountain Resort
  5. Beech Mountain Resort
  6. Wiseman's View
  7. Linville Falls
  8. Linville Caverns