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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349 2941
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
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Fort White, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The older Lady running the mine was very nice and helpful. She gave a nice demo on what to look for in stones. After we were thru washing my stones She went through my washed stone material and picked out the small stones I missed with great care. Her son showed up and quickly went thru my Wife's washed stones... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I've been going back to this mine since I was a kid in the early 1980's. I go there--and only there--because it's one of the only two real, unsalted mines left. I don't care to collect rocks that someone purposefully placed in a bag or bucket for me to "find". I want to literally mine and find gems from untouched... More

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South Euclid, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We took our family to the Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine just last week. We had an awesome time. I commented to my husband that this could be addictive! He agreed and said it was already too late for him. The workers were excellent. We chose the dig your own option and had a blast. We went through about 18... More

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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We wanted the authentic experience and try to find gems coming right from the property of the native mine. Wow, did we have a great time! The owners of the Cherokee are super friendly and really educated us on gems and how to find them. We found small garnets, rubies, sillimanite and rutile. If you like the real experience, where... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Had a great time at this mine with my young family. This mine is well-suited for those with young children because the flume is low. Also the water is super clear because it comes from the river and is not recycled muck like some others. We mined at several different operations and this mine was "rock heavy", meaning the buckets... More

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Manchester, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We spent a Saturday afternoon at Cherokee Mine, and had a great time. The owners were very friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. They were very good with our kids, taking the time to explain what each gem was and how to identify them. We left with a few good stones and lots of good memories. The only caution we would give,... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We are rockhounds, so what attracted us to Cherokee is the fact that they do not salt their buckets, and that you can fill your own bucket from the pile. We found out that the material is not commercial tailings, but actually comes directly out of their mine. The owners are very good people; so gracious and happily educate you... More

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Macedonia, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Must see and do in Franklin is the Cherokee ruby mine. Maria and Ray put out the welcome wagon for the summit lap group and we all had fun found great stones and left feeling like we had made new friends and family its a must do

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We spent a week in a cabin close to the Cherokee Mine all in all we mined at the Cherokee for 4 days and we dug our own dirt every day. Found many sapphires and rubies that we are having made into jewelry, one was even a star sapphire around 14ct. You may find more at other mines but the... More

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Kennesaw, Georgia
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My daughter, two nieces (all teenagers) and I mined at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine yesterday (7/17/14). The owners, Ray and his mother Maria, were very nice and extremely helpful. We opted to pay the extra $10 to dig our own dirt from the mine (unlimited buckets), which is a 5-minute walk from the sluice. It's the same dirt that... More

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