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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 349 2941
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Great time panning for gems!

My husband and I traveled to Franklin for our 6th anniversary. The main draw was to pan for gems at Cherokee. We had panned at salted, more commercial places, but wanted to have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Kim W
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My husband and I traveled to Franklin for our 6th anniversary. The main draw was to pan for gems at Cherokee. We had panned at salted, more commercial places, but wanted to have a more authentic experience and a chance to find some really nice pieces. Everyone was welcoming and patiently answered our questions. We dug our own buckets and... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for helping us to receive our 2015 Excellence Award from TripAdvisor! You two are wonderful and we hope to see you again for your 7th Anniversary! More 

Lantana, Florida, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We started our mining day here. Well, the owners are new and have a lot to learn. There were four of us and we found nothing having bought 36 buckets. We are new to this adventure. We are very active in gem and minerals. Hope they make it.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were disappointed with your mining experience. However, as explained during your mining orientation, Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is the ONLY 100% unsalted mine in Macon County. As such, there is no guarantee that a customer will find anything. If you would like a "guaranteed" mining experience, we will gladly refer you to mines in... More 

DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

we did this yesterday on 18 may 2015 and had a great time. the staff and owners are great people and very helpful. we dug our own buckets (you get 6 in total) if you do dig your own get there at opening and plan to be there most of the day and have a full day of fun.. thanks... More 

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bradenton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Matt and Lisa were awesome my son and I went mining today may 12th .they were awesome. Helpful I'm going back tomorrow

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for helping us to receive our 2015 Excellence Award from TripAdvisor! Have a safe trip and maybe we will see you in FL. Best wishes, Lisa & Matt More 

Jersey City, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Hi, This is Matt, and my wife Lisa and I own the Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine. First, in the interest of full disclosure, there is more than sufficient dirt for children to play in in this area. However, your grandson was not playing in dirt. Your grandson was overturning the Pre-Filled buckets, which we provide to paying customers who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Went there on my honeymoon and we had so much fun. We spent 2 days going through dirt and have sandwich bags of stones. There a many that aren't cuttable bit we did end up with many nice stones that we can get cut. The highlights of the 2 days was that I found an 8.5 carat sapphire and my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My friends brought me to Franklin, NC for my 50th birthday get away. We went to several mines - dig your own and salted - and enjoyed each. The owners of Cherokee were the most helpful in identifying gems, telling us which were worth getting cut, and going through our "leftovers" to make sure we did not miss anything. (Which... More 

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Gainesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

I understand that this is a native mine and there are no guarantees. However, I was quite disappointed that after spending a couple hours washing buckets of dirt, we didn't find anything worthwhile, just a few tiny pieces of gemstones about 1/4 the size of my pinky fingernail.Unfortunately I was only in Franklin for a day and didn't have time... More 

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Akron, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Not the best if you have little kids, but good native material and some of the best Ruby material in the area.

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Morristown, Tennessee
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you are intent on finding native gemstones and want a chance to dig a Cowee Valley Ruby then this is the place to go. What I like about Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is the opportunity to find a variety of natural gems i.e. rubies, sapphires, garnets, rutile, etc. as well as Indian artifacts. The staff is friendly, informative... More 

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