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Rose Creek Mine

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Address: 115 Terrace Ridge Dr., Franklin, NC 28734
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My son really wanted to go gem mining on this vacation, so we headed over to Rose Creek Mine from Nantahala. Unfortunately, he got car sick on the way over. (Our route took us on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Somewherein, Florida
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Somewherein, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My son really wanted to go gem mining on this vacation, so we headed over to Rose Creek Mine from Nantahala. Unfortunately, he got car sick on the way over. (Our route took us on a very twisty road.) After taking a detour to get him cleaned up, we arrived at the mine. Having never been gem mining, I have... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Have been here three times and always have fun. The slew is in the shade with bird feeders and butterflies to add to the fun. There are dogs and cats about to pet but they don't bother you for attention. The buckets are enhanced so there is always something to find. The funds have been different each year that we... More 

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Deatsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We ended up at this mine due to another mine being closed, but it was the BEST thing that happened that day!! We were in the shade, given frozen treats, found gemstones, and had a good time! The staff were very helpful, had tons of information to share, and appeared to love what they do!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is the only mine my family likes to visit. We had to drive from our vacation at Pigeon Forge, TN. My family loves digging their own dirt and the family that operates the mine are nice and helpful. We found ruby, saphire, emeralds and garnites.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The gem mining experience in Franklin ranges from digging through buckets of "salted" loose dirt to find gem stones brought in from all regions of the world, to actually going and digging up "unsalted" native NC clay dirt yourself and looking for native gems such as garnet, ruby, and sapphire. Rose Creek Mine is a nice mix of both. They... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had a great time at the mine. we dug our own dirt and learned how to sift all the junk out. We found a few small sapphires and had a great time. the yellow directional signs really helped us find this place.

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Perrysburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very nice mine to visit. Has native mining and "seeded" buckets available for miners to try. People were very friendly and helpful; identifing what you find.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I hadn't been to Franklin since 2004. At that time I went to all the mines and Rose Creek was the best, as far as quality of stones. I know it's been 11 years but it was still disappointing to see the quality go down. It may still be the best, it was the only mine I went to, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Although we didn't leave a millionaire, we had a great time! The boys enjoyed researching their finds and came away with some good items! Plus, it VERY affordable and my boys got FREE Popsicles, bonus!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

AWESOME! Authentic. Fun for the whole family. We spent 2 hours culling for gems. $5. a bucket is more than reasonable. The kids are thrilled with their finds.

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Address: 115 Terrace Ridge Dr., Franklin, NC 28734
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin

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