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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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Not much of a tour but surprisingly captivating

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2014
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Gatineau, Canada
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Boston
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
7 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Houston, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It did take a pretty long drive to get there, but the staff was very nice and the information we got was well-presented. I would have liked to do more "mining" but we had other things to do that day. I would recommend going early in the day in case you decide you want to spend more time ... the... More 

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Germany
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went to the Barton Mines on Garnet Hill, NY with a friend and had a good day. I didn't expect to find the big bling bling and I didn't. But it was a fun day to just be mucking around the dirt and try to find bigger pieces of garnet. We paid after we were done with our mining... More 

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