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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

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Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-6574
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Michigan
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Michigan
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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
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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Asheville, NC
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23 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Messy,muddy roadside gem mining place. Bought 2 buckets and really got nothing but pebbles. Have seen much better. Took like 5 minutes. Not worth it.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you really want to "mine", the experience is quite expensive. The store was nice and the kids were able to pick up some pretty rocks there.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

would not take my money, just kept ignoring me. went to saunooke village instead. Like this one much better

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Buy a bucket, roll up the kids sleeves and let them pan for gold and stones! It takes at least a half hour and all are well entertained. Afterwards, you are given the opportunity to have stones mounted into jewelry.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We purchased the child's bucket so my daughter could take it home with her. It was only $10 and we found many stones. We thought it was a little pricey to have one polished and cut but it was fun finding the stones. We will probably go back and try our luck for some gold at some point.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We decided to take a drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park...what a beautiful drive!! If you are coming from pigeon forge, use the Gatlinburg bi pass...avoid driving through Gatlinburg at all costs!!! We got to the gem mine with our 3 daughters two who are 8 & the other is 19 years old. I couldn't tell you who... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Buckets are reasonable and are seeded so that you get something. It is definitely worth the money. Attendants are friendly and knowledgeable. Kids of all ages as well as adults can enjoy this activity. $14 for a bucket seeded with whatever gems you requested in the bucket.

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argillite ky
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Cheap fun for the kids! We have always found lots of gems in our buckets. We don't get them finished there. We taken the home and put them in our gem tumbler

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Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-6574
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cherokee

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