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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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Good for kids

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 18, 2015
Melinda G
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Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 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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Columbia, Tennessee
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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 reviews
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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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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87 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 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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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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Michigan
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Asheville, NC
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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9 reviews
6 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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