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Address: 11900 U.S. 19/74 West, Bryson City, NC
Phone Number: 828-488-3854
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finding gems

this was a great experience for my daughter. we got a big bucket of dirt and she was so excited every time she found a gem.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Heather B
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this was a great experience for my daughter. we got a big bucket of dirt and she was so excited every time she found a gem.

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Thank Heather B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

My three year old loved looking for rocks and gems, but I felt it was expensive for what you left with. When I called to make a reservation, the lady was rude and rushed me off the phone, but the gentleman that worked the mine when we arrived was far more pleasant than her. He really took the time and... More 

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Thank Chelsea K
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

There seems to be a lot of these gem mining places in the Smoky Mountain area. We were very happy we went with this one. Let me just preface this review with the reality of these mining shops. There is no possibility of anyone ever pulling a bucket of dirt out of the ground that has such a diverse amount... More 

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3 Thank MelCRNA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our team here. We bought one lg bucket and split it between our two girls, ages 7 and 4. They loved it and found lots of gems including rubies, emeralds and crystals among other fossils. Our best find was a perfect small arrow head! The lady and gentleman that helped us got excited with the kids as... More 

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1 Thank Gatorjan
Hertford, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

First time gem mining. A good activity to do on a rainy day. We found some rubies. My husband really enjoyed it and the staffer appeared to be knowledgeable. All in all, we are glad we experience this activity.

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2 Thank EFieldsBunch62
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We decided to get the two-fer Super buckets. One Ruby and one Emerald bucket and sat down at the flume to sift for our treasures. We ended up getting a few large Amethysts, a large cuttable Ruby and Emerald and several smaller ones too! We also got a farmer, moonstone and a few crystals. While I'm sure the owners seed... More 

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6 Thank 12bjanetz
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It was a bit expensive and not a real mining experience. The kids actually loved it, even if the adults thought it was silly.

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Thank allioak
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

My son is a gem enthusiast so we frequently seek out gem minimg opportunities during our travels. This is a small gem spot. We purchased a $40 bucket and proceeded to pan for the hidden treasures. My son found many colorful gems both small and large. When he was finished the owner went over each gem to help him validate... More 

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3 Thank Mrr07
Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Could be better...better pricing for what you got and better customer service. Felt like they really didn't care if we stayed to mine or not.

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Thank Barbara M
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

We took our 3 children (ages 7, 11, 13) and all had a blast. We found a wide variety of gems including emeralds, rubies, etc in a family bucket but the real joy was finding 2 Indian artifacts. My kids want to go back and so do we. Absolutely worth it! The owners were super about explaining all we had... More 

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