Rocks, Gems, Minerals and More


Home Page







Avery County







Buncombe County







Cherokee County







Clay County







Haywood County







Jackson County







Madison County







McDowell County







Mitchell County







Swain County







Transylvania County







Links Page







Picture Posting







Field Trip Reports







Message Board







Index of
Rocks & Minerals







How To &
Rockhound Resources


Adit in summer

Inside Looking Out

(click on pictures to enlarge)

Open Cut

Kyanite in quartz and mica matrix


Ray Mine Dump Pile

(click on pictures to enlarge)

Ray Mine Creek

Ray Mine McRockhounds

Golden beryl and aquamarine crystals

Fluorite, amazonite
and quartz

(click on pictures to enlarge)

I made the following cabochons from material collected from this mine (cab pictures do not enlarge):

ATTENTION: On April 7, 2014, I was made aware that the forest service had amended its North Carolina rockhounding policies. The new policies are listed on the following web page:
As you can see, picks and shovels are now considered mechanical and no longer permissible to use. Although not specifically stated in the new policies, it is my understanding that no digging whatsoever is allowed at any North Carolina National Forest location, including the Ray Mine.

Click logo below to return to HomePage