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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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Fun for children but don't expect to strike it rich.

My son who is 10 thought this was the greatest thing ever! We bought several of the 2 for $12 dollar bags and my son loved finding the "valuable" stones. None were really worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Largo, Florida
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Largo, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My son who is 10 thought this was the greatest thing ever! We bought several of the 2 for $12 dollar bags and my son loved finding the "valuable" stones. None were really worth having the cutting done but I picked one out for my son to have done. I do think they try to up sell the cutting and... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My wife wanted to stop at one of these attractions while we were traveling we were traveling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We found this one at the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cherokee N. C. Had a good time, she bought a regular bucket and then sluiced out the Gems It was reasonably priced... More 

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96 reviews 96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visit this mining place every year and it is a great time every time. We always find something good and leave cold and happy.

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Fremont, Ohio
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We started out sharing the $12 package of mixed gem stones. We each got a bag to 'mine'. We had such fun that we returned and purchased a sapphire and ruby bucket and an emerald bucket. There was a 9 CT emerald and also a 4 CT along with a bunch of small ones. There was one larger ruby and... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Excellent choices and prices. Very friendly and helpful staff. Lots of fun for the young and the old.

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columbus, ga
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58 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My son now 10 still enjoys his gem mining experience here. It is $12 for 2 large bags of "dirt" to sift for gems. Takes about 30 minutes to sift through the 2 bags. We found quite a few gems. The best part in my opinion is taking them inside to have them sorted. We were very fortunate to have... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you have an interest in gem stones or gold panning this is a lot of fun. The employee was very helpful telling us about the different stones. When we had completed our bucket of sand separating out the stones they were able to tell us about the stones and they do offer to cut the stones (for a price)... More 

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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