Garnet Mine Tours

Address: 1126 Barton Mines Road, North River, NY 12856
Phone: (518) 251-2706

Come take a Mine Tour and strike it rich treasure hunting at one of the world’s largest garnet mines. Includes…Rocks and Garnet Collection, Mine History and Geology Lecture, and Mineral Shop with fabulous shopping – gemstones, jewelry, exciting science and nature toys, as well as raw garnet rock for fireplaces and landscaping. Exquisite! Fun For All Ages!

Garnet Mine was established in 1878, making it the “longest running family-owned mining industry,” and tours have been offered since 1933. They provide fun for all ages! Learn about the Mining History and Geology Rock & Garnet Collection; prospect and discover your own gemstones in the Historic Mines;  explore the historic Garnet Mine and the Old Fashion Mineral Shop (fabulous jewelry, fireplace and landscape rock, fun science and nature toys, prospectors sluice).  Group tours are welcomed.

Did You Know?

  • Garnet, January’s Birthstone, is NY State’s official gemstone.
  • Garnet Mines quarried the 20-ton  (119 x 67 x 47 inch) block of garnet that is part of the foundation of the Freedom Tower at the site of Ground Zero in New York City.
  • One of the world’s largest concentration and formation of garnet was discovered in the 1870’s in North River.

Hours:  Open daily July thru Labor Day (Monday – Saturday 9:30PM-5PM, and Sunday 11AM-5PM).  Also open weekends after Labor Day thru October 13th (Saturday 9:30AM-5PM, and Sunday 11AM-5PM).

Directions:  Garnet Mine Tours is located just 35 minutes from Lake George.  Take Northway Exit 23 to Route 9. Travel north on Route 9 through Warrensburg.  Left on Route 28 for approximately 21 miles to North River and left on Barton Mines Road for 5 miles to Gore Mountain Mineral Shop.



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