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Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-6574
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This place was a hit for my 7 year old ! She had a blast she got dirty but it was fun she got plenty of rocks from the great smokey mountains! Way better than paying for the rocks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Melinda G
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Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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Moneta, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Stopped in just to see if they could cut a few stones I found at a different mine. Said they would be cut and sent to me that very week. Very long story short, they, in fact, did not cut them onsite but instead sent them to NY to be cut. After weeks of calling and trying to locate my... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is a tourist trap. Travel about an hour away and mine in the real ruby mines. We pick a different mine every year. These are the real deal. North Carolina is full of ruby mines.

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Fernandina Beach
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Always a fun stop! We got a $50 bucket of dirt and sifted out garnets, sapphires, Amethyst, citrine and more! A great place to learn about gemstones! Free assay on site. Attendants always helpful. Great fun for the family! Right on the main drag and easy find.

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Thank Jay F
Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This place was a hit for my 7 year old ! She had a blast she got dirty but it was fun she got plenty of rocks from the great smokey mountains! Way better than paying for the rocks in those shops for 10$ naw we will return

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Thank Melinda G
Columbia, Tennessee
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is something that kids of all ages will enjoy. I have been here several times over the years. The first time was when I was about 10. Now my 3 sons have gotten to experience the fun I had growing up. They all found something neat.

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Cornelius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My family stopped by this little Jewel and came out with a lot of our own Jewels. What is better than digging in the dirt with your kids!?!? We had a blast. Great views, the owner was very knowledgable. I got two very nice pieces of Ruby that we had cut down for a 3ct. ring and 1ct. ea. Earrings.... More 

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Thank rebeccar818
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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87 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

It's cheesy and touristy, sure. And the muddy water splashes your clothes. And the premise of buying gem-filled dirt seems questionable, to say the least. Still, my son was happy with the gems he found, and we had a great time. The staff were helpful.

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Thank noahsdad
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This unsalted mine is definitely the way to go! We had a great time looking for treasures. The only thing I would recommend is to make sure you lather on lots of sunscreen and drink plenty of water!! The owners were awesome and very knowledgeable. It was a great way to start our vacation in The Great Smoky Mountains:)

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Thank Erica K
Michigan
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had fun finding some great gems. The outdoor staff is not very helpful in identifying gems and we were not given a guide for looking beforehand. In our buckets we found some decent stones and had some made into jewelry. We were not sure of the quality and price of the gems. The cutting and setting fees seem to... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We went today 7/18/15 , there was only 2 teenagers running it and not helpful. When we went 8 years ago there were charts everywhere showing you what stones looked like in raw form. There was no charts or nothing. There also USED to be stones, big stones in the buckets. I had very small pea size sapphires maybe 6... More 

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