Wildacres - EFMLS

6 Rockhound Tips for first timers

    • 1. Mineral Museum - Schedule an extra hour before your arrival to stop off the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit The Museum of North Carolina Minerals! It's a "gem" and displays minerals native to North Carolina.
      2. Carpool - Reach out to mineral clubs and find others to carpool with. You might even save some money to grab breakfast at Cracker Barrel.
      3. Fog - The Blue Ridge mountains are very foggy at times. Drive slowly, carefully, and estimate longer than you may expect.
      4. Rock Swap - The Tailgate Swap offers a fun opportunity to buy and sell goods. One person's rock is another person's treasure. Minerals, metals, crystals are all favorites.
      5. Collecting - You will want something in the Auction. Maybe it will be a reclaimed silver bar, folk art collectible, Chalcedony Geode, just make sure you have some dollars.
      6. Camera - Chronicle your lapidary, cabochon, etc. project from start to finish. The sunsets and sunrises are pretty dramatic, too!
  • Location - Little Switzerland, North Carolina



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    May 21-27th
    September 3-9th



    Good Stuff Auction
    Fun Night
    Field Trips
    Tail Gate Swap

    Wildacres Retreat Classes
    Beaded Bezel
    Cabochons
    Chainmaille
    Electro-etching
    Enameling
    Faceting
    Geology
    Glass Engraving & Etching
    Lapidary
    Loop & Loop Chains
    Lost Wax Casting
    Micromounting
    Pewter
    Silversmithing
    Soapstone carving
    Viking Knit
    Wirewrapping