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Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-6574
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Always love to mine!

All grown and still enjoy doing this together. We shared a $50.00 bucket of various gems and were not disappointed. We could have had the ones we found cut and polished if we so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Deborah H
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

All grown and still enjoy doing this together. We shared a $50.00 bucket of various gems and were not disappointed. We could have had the ones we found cut and polished if we so desired.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We have three Littles under 9. Highly recommend this stop! Lots of fun. Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful in our search for "treasure". We purchased two sand buckets for $20. It took just the right amount of time and effort to keep the kids attention. Kids came home with a sandwich bag more then half way full of stones.... More 

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

one of the worst sites that i have been to .i would not recomend it. it was a wast of my famlies time and i was so mad when i didn't get they said i would and for that i walk off and never went back. IT IS A BIG RIP OFF!!!!

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Largo, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My son who is 10 thought this was the greatest thing ever! We bought several of the 2 for $12 dollar bags and my son loved finding the "valuable" stones. None were really worth having the cutting done but I picked one out for my son to have done. I do think they try to up sell the cutting and... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My wife wanted to stop at one of these attractions while we were traveling we were traveling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We found this one at the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cherokee N. C. Had a good time, she bought a regular bucket and then sluiced out the Gems It was reasonably priced... More 

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Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visit this mining place every year and it is a great time every time. We always find something good and leave cold and happy.

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Fremont, Ohio
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We started out sharing the $12 package of mixed gem stones. We each got a bag to 'mine'. We had such fun that we returned and purchased a sapphire and ruby bucket and an emerald bucket. There was a 9 CT emerald and also a 4 CT along with a bunch of small ones. There was one larger ruby and... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Excellent choices and prices. Very friendly and helpful staff. Lots of fun for the young and the old.

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columbus, ga
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143 reviews 143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My son now 10 still enjoys his gem mining experience here. It is $12 for 2 large bags of "dirt" to sift for gems. Takes about 30 minutes to sift through the 2 bags. We found quite a few gems. The best part in my opinion is taking them inside to have them sorted. We were very fortunate to have... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you have an interest in gem stones or gold panning this is a lot of fun. The employee was very helpful telling us about the different stones. When we had completed our bucket of sand separating out the stones they were able to tell us about the stones and they do offer to cut the stones (for a price)... More 

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