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Address: Barton Mines Road, North River, NY 12856
Phone Number: (518) 251-2706
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Description: Outstanding site for collecting unusually large garnets. Staff is...
Outstanding site for collecting unusually large garnets. Staff is extremely friendly and flexible, and rates are reasonable. Even the locals didn't seem to know about this place, and it offers a fantastic alternative to skiing, which seems to be the predominant attraction in the area.
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Garnet mines

The garnet mine was so much fun. All of the tour guides were very friendly. (I came from Russia) I had a tour guide she was adopted from Siberia, don't remember her name! But she... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Lucy K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The garnet mine was so much fun. All of the tour guides were very friendly. (I came from Russia) I had a tour guide she was adopted from Siberia, don't remember her name! But she was the sweetest young lady. This was a very fun way to spend my time. Thanks!!!

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Loved the garnet mine when we went a few years ago. Guides were informative and we had fun finding garnets to take home. Very large slabs of garnet at one time were cut and used for countertops. A large polished slab was at the mine to view how it looked cut for counters. It was gorgeous.

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Boston
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We drive and drive down this long road. When we get to the gift shop, we pay a good fee. We follow a teen on an atv to the "mine" in our own cars. The mine is 2 small pools of water surrounded by small hills with lines down them where the dynamite was place. We got a 2 minutes... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My spouse and I decided to take the Garnet Mine Tour in North Bend based on the good reviews. We had to travel up a steep 5 mile high mountain to get to the spot were you look for garnets on the ground. No digging, axes, picks, or shovels were allowed. For $13.95 per person they give you a bucket... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This was more than I expected. I don't want to spoil it, but the garnets are everywhere. It looks like you are in a glittering field. If you want to take any rocks home you have to pay by the pound, just fyi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

This place is a a hidden gem! No pun intended. We drove up to this location in the middle of no where and it was a beautiful ride. I took my 11, 7 and 4 year old with me and we had a blast. When you come to the main building you go in and pay for your tickets. Btw:... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Everything and everyone is nice around the Garnet Mine. The tour is one you make in your own car to go down the open sky mine to hear its story and try and find some garnets for yourself to buy cheap. Its quite captivating to be gold digging for garnets, much more than I imagined in the first place. Don't... More 

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Kids had a blast searching for garnet at the mine. The tour guides were friendly, and the mine store takes you back to another day. The only drawback was that the fee to mine was high, and you were only able to mine for 45 minutes.

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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

I brought my son and two grandsons ages 7 and 9. We had a blast with the strainers and pail provided. The history of the mine was just enough to capture their attention it was worth the drive. Some roads are closed near the mine so it took a little longer but well worth the wait

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Deer Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were traveling with 27 people ages 6-55 staying in lake George. The add says it is 35 minutes from lake George but it was more like an hour through winding rocky back roads. But worth the trip. Beautiful and fun. The place actually sparkles in the sunlight. Kids had fun looking for the biggest piece of garnet. Only $1... More 

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Address: Barton Mines Road, North River, NY 12856
Phone Number: (518) 251-2706
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  North River

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