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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
828-497-6574
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Ranked #15 of 19 Attractions in Cherokee
Type: Mines
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really had a fun time. Read reviews from others and still went to see. Got a ruby and sapphire buckets and walked away with some good stones. Guy there helped us out and yes the ruby and sapphire buckets can be tricky but once you start to find them then it gets easy. It's a place to have fun with... More

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Bought the " ruby and sapphire " bucket. Loaded with sand and pea gravel, apparently all we found were rubies and only a few were " cut quality ". Guy didn't really explain what to look for. I guess we threw away the sapphires, if there were even any in the bucket, Franklin gem mining is much better, and you... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

All these people who are expecting to "strike it rich", need to take a step back and smell the reality. You are not going to get gigantic, flawless, priceless stones here. Take it for what it is and have fun! Nikki was awesome, explained everything to us (and our expectations), and we had a blast. We even went back a... More

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Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This placed promised that there would be gems, especially in the children's buckets that we bought for our kids. There were so very few we have never been to a gem mine this bad! We have been coming to this area for years and usually gem mine in Franklin, well I wish we would have gone there instead of this... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This activity is good for all ages. Its more of a relaxing activity rather than a true search for treasures. The buckets are prefilled and you sift it in water. Half of what we found was worth keeping for cut stone.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There are many mines in the area, we chose this mine simply because we were in Cherokee that day. It is fun, but mostly for the kids...getting to see their faces light up when they find a gem is priceless. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We will do this again when we are back for another visit to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We took my wife's granddaughters and got a lot of good finds in our buckets. I bought an emerald bucket and found some several carats in size. The girls each got a mixture bucket and found some gem quality stones that we will have cut for them. We are hooked!

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Erwin, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We found a few cool gems and were excited. The prices weren't too bad for what it was. My big complaint is that the facilities aren't really conducive for little kids. They have a bench for adults to sit by the trough while you pan, but it is 2 feet away from the trough, so if your kids try to... More

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Winston-Salem, NC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our trip here! We were there when it wasn't too busy, but there were several kids there who were having a blast! The people working there were super friendly and helpful. The gentleman at the flume was really nice and when the little kids didn't find a huge gemstone, he slipped them some to get... More

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Castle Hayne
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Last summer my grandsons 5 & 8 had their first "gem mining" experience in Banner Elk, NC, they had so much fun that when we passed the "mine" at Cherokee they had to stop. The staff was really friendly, but sifting buckets of dirt with virtually no "gems" just flakes of stone & tiny river rocks got old real fast.... More

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