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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 17 attractions in Cherokee
Type: Mines
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Graham, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If I had kids or grandkids this would be a great thing to do but as an adult not so much. We ended up passing on this.

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FL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Gives you a sense of how they used to mine....there is a fee,but it is family fun and you can take away some nice stones.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great for kids 6 to 12. Mine really enjoy sifting thru buckets of dirt and rock for raw gems. We also did a single bucket for gold panning. Kids love rocks and dirt!!!

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Howell, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had so much fun panning for treasures that we bought second buckets! Each of our buckets cost 14$ and we bought a pail and shovel filled with dirt to pan for 10$. The 10$ pail you get to keep. It was for our 8 year old son and he found a wider variety of gems then the rest of... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The staff was very friendly and helpful. Lots of options for different gems to find. Great way to spend a couple hours with your kids. Our son had a great time searching and was excited with all the gems he found

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East Ridge, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

saw the sign,thought ,always wanted to do that..we go to ask about whats what and buy some buckets of dirt,which we pour by the bowl into another wooden box with a screen bottom..after running thur the water to rinse the dirt off we start our search for treasure... took a few minutes to figure what we were looking for,but it... More

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St Catharines, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a good place to look for gems, and I know they are not all from NC, but just the fact that you find some is good for kids. They leave like they found the moon! The attendants are very patient about explaining what the different gems are, as they don't look like cut gems. Was a fun day... More

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Gloucester, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is the place to go if you are looking to have some of your finds cut into jewelry very quickly. They were able to cut me ring within a few hours. Note: They will only cut semi-precious stones.

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waynesboro
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We brought my sister-in-law, her 2 daughters (aged 19 and 29) and her 3 year old granddaughter here. They were visiting from Massachusetts and my oldest niece wanted to go. The kids all got a coupon for a free bag of dirt when they visited Santa Land. I honestly thought they would get a few quartz and nothing else. Imagine... More

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Sylva, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

I spoke to a heavy set guy outside that didn't know what he was talking about. He called over another slender guy that had some idea of what we wanted and was helpful. Inside was a nice gift shop. The stone I'd girls both told me something different. So I went back outside and panned for gold and told the... More

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