I came here twice! The setting is really nice, as others have said, a nice drive into the hills. There is a long sluice box set up with benches, so it is easy to rinse the dirt... read more
Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted...
Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted Mine, located in the heart of the Beautiful Cowee Valley of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains.
Please note: Operation of the mine is weather-dependent, and the mine will close for inclement weather.
Please also note:
---Admissions for Dig-Your-Own Buckets cease at 1:00 PM.
---Admissions for Pre-Filled Buckets cease at 2:00 PM.
This is to enable sufficient time to process the gem ore and maximize the success of your mining experience. Our mining ore is 100% virgin material, and requires between 30 and 60 minutes to properly and completely search, so the earlier a customer can possibly arrive, the greater the odds of having a successful day.
In addition, Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is open from May 1st though October 31st. Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is CLOSED from November 1st through April 30th.