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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349 2941
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
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Franklin, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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
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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Too many rocks. . No digging. Mason's was also a unsalted mine.?I will say the owner was informative and sweet. But we are ROCKHOUNDS, so we look for the find your dig spot and sluth to clean up. Not a big deal. I will be more cautious about the future of our site's.

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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My hubby & I wanted to celebrate our anniversary in the mountains. We knew there were a lot of touristy 'mines' but wanted to dig in the dirt without the 'salted' ore. Loved Cherokee Mine from the get go- off the beaten path so you have to be serious about gemming. Well, I found a 53.80 star sapphire, beautiful. I'm... More

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atlantic beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We wanted to take our 2 grandchildren for a fun day in the mountains and after reading great reviews of this place we decided to go mining. This is a small mine but Maria, the owner was very knowledgeable and helpful. We drove out of Franklin along winding mountain roads until we reached a small sign directing us to the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We visited Cherokee Ruby Mine on a recent trip to Franklin. Maria and her family were helpful and routinely look through your screens for gems you might have overlooked. We didn't find much......mostly small garnet chips.... and we bought more buckets of dirt beyond the two included in the price. We also visited Mason's Sapphire Mine which is the only... More

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Concord, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The only place I could find in the area with "unsalted" and "not enriched" gem mining. Spent half the day with family and spent less than $50. We had a great time in the sun. Daughter found a large ruby and I found a large sapphire. Can't wait to get them cut and polished. They were very nice and helpful.... More

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tampa, FL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wife is big time gem and mineral person. To me, a rocks a rock, so I sat in the sun and read. :) Selected this one as the dirt comes from a mine on the property. Owner Maria was a wonderful host and very helpful in finding gems that are easily overlooked by the amateurs. Next to last day of... More

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