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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-6574
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Ranked #11 of 13 Attractions in Cherokee
Type: Mines, Cultural
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Fremont, Ohio
2 reviews
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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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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128 reviews 128 reviews
57 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Orlando, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This placed promised that there would be gems, especially in the children's buckets that we bought for our kids. There were so very few we have never been to a gem mine this bad! We have been coming to this area for years and usually gem mine in Franklin, well I wish we would have gone there instead of this... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This activity is good for all ages. Its more of a relaxing activity rather than a true search for treasures. The buckets are prefilled and you sift it in water. Half of what we found was worth keeping for cut stone.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There are many mines in the area, we chose this mine simply because we were in Cherokee that day. It is fun, but mostly for the kids...getting to see their faces light up when they find a gem is priceless. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We will do this again when we are back for another visit to the... More

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