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Address: 115 Terrace Ridge Dr., Franklin, NC 28734

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Lots of fun and helpful staff

Went to the Rose Creek Gem Mine to pan for stones. Its a long drive down a winding road but that is half the fun. Had a great time we bought 4 buckets full of dig your own dirt... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Wolfgang37
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Went to the Rose Creek Gem Mine to pan for stones. Its a long drive down a winding road but that is half the fun. Had a great time we bought 4 buckets full of dig your own dirt. We also bought one enhance bucket. We had a great time sifting through the dirt. The staff were helpful with tips... More 

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Hutto, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Our family visited over the summer (2014) and they were very helpful and nice. It is a family run mine and their two older sons helped my kids with learning how to slosh the dirt. The kids liked digging their own buckets and searching for gems. I have a special needs child and they were so patience and kind. The... More 

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North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We had a great time at Rose Creek Mine. Our daughter and her husband live nearby but had never been gem mining. They went with us, we mined from the unsalted dig your own pile, and although no one got rich quick, we had a wonderful day. It was very relaxing. The staff came by often to make sure we... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful property, nicely stocked salted buckets and explanations from tom the owner. He is a great promoter of Franklin and rock hounding in general. I wasn't crazy about the mining tunnel dig your own offer but another fellow found a 165ct sapphire in the pile earlier in the day. Tom also has some really nice specimens in his rock shop... More 

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Decatur
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We had Gem mining on our bucket list and tried Rose Creek mine. We arrived early and had our pick of seating, and it got crowded later. Both the dig your own buckets and the salted buckets were great fun. We found lots of interesting things, and had a pendant made at a local jeweler with some of the garnets... More 

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Franklin, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

They had available salted buckets and the "finds' made it exciting for someone who didn't know a lot about stones, but you could also dig your own dirt unsalted and one couple found a very large Garnet.

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Visually pleasing spot, not many gems in my dirt though. A bit disappointing for a few buckets of screening. I ended up with a tiny plastic bag with only one worth gemstone.

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Lemont, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

perfect 2 hours spent there. Great honest guy. Also try Old Cardinal Mine. These are the only 2 mines worth it..and not using fake "natural" buckets.

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Vandalia, Illinois, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My husband had been there many times, so we went back, it is a great place to search for gems. I would recommend this to young or old.

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Greenwood, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had an hour or two to kill before dinner (and the long drive to dinner) and I suggested some ruby mining. I've only been suggesting this since our engagement, when I asked for a coprolite as the main stone in the ring, but my Best Beloved just didn't get the hint. He fell for it this time. I sat... More 

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