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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349 2941
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
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Cape May, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

I arrived at 9am to participate in the dig your own option and enjoyed speaking with Maria regarding the different gems. She then allowed me to drive their truck to the mine dump pile to fill buckets I was able to dig and sluice 27 buckets of dirt from different areas of the pile before closing at 4 pm. If... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Thank you for sharing your amazing knowlege of the gems and how to spot them! Anyone in the area should make the exttra effort to spend a day or more here, you will not be disappointed!!!

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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a family-owned and operated affair, and they couldn't be nicer!! We didn't find a ton of amazing stones, but we found enough to make it worth while! But the staff was very adamant about helping us to feel "more welcome" as they felt bad that we didn't find more stones. For us, it was all about the experience!... More

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Marietta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The folks who run this mine are very nice, honest and helpful for new miners. You will get an introductory lesson from the lady who runs the admission. They have buckets pre-dug or you can go dig your own. Every bucket comes from the same area and they are not salted. The soil from this mine was very easy to... More

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Mom, Tony, and Ray made our vacation the best I have ever had! They not only teach you what to do look for, but also help you double check all of your work to make sure you didn't miss anything. If you do miss something, they are sure to find it and will let you keep it anyway! Our lack... More

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Kokomo, Indiana
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Older lady gave a great intro for those who have not mined. You can dig your own or use their buckets. The dirt for the dig your own comes from the same pile they fill their buckets out of. Lots of gravel in the buckets, pretty easy to clean. The diameter of the mesh in the bottom of the screen... More

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My husband and I have been regular guests at Cherokee Ruby Mine for years, and can't say enough wonderful things about it and the family who runs it. They are the most wonderful people who take incredible time to be sure that you didn't miss anything in the dirt you washed, and also truly make you feel like family. The... More

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Atlanta
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Read all the good reviews and decided to try this mine. What a joke. Good demo of what to look for at the sarte but after that no help at all. Will go back to Sheffield Mine where they will look at you screen as you are washing the stones not after you have a bucket of rocks. Buckets are... More

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Fort White, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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