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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

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Address: 6771 Sylva Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: (828) 369-5271
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Jewel of the Cowee

I took a family of 5 there. The experience was fun for all. We bought two buckets, one salted and one not. Everyone got something to take home. Prices were what I expected... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I took a family of 5 there. The experience was fun for all. We bought two buckets, one salted and one not. Everyone got something to take home. Prices were what I expected. $25 for a salted bucket. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They were not pushy. Worth the visit.

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

There are several gemstone and gold panning attractions in the Franklin & Cherokee, NC area. We tried this one and shared the cost of a $50 bucket. Many large gemstones to share as well as rubies, sapphires and blue topaz. There was a nice gift shop with displays of jewelry that can be made from your finds. The catch is... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We almost missed this Gem along the road - headed to Franklin to Gem mine and we drove past this place, turned around and stopped in - right off the road! So glad we did! Wonderful store with very helpful people and very few people there that Monday morning when we stopped by. We spent several hours looking thru dirt... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was my family's first mine we ventured to on our vacation. We really enjoyed our experience. Robert manned the flumes and popped over every once and to answer questions or check out a stone we had a question about. He was very knowledgable and accessible if we ever needed him! When we were done, a woman in the store... More 

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

This mine is fun and easy to get too. We enjoyed finding gems. The staff was helpful and there was a shop nearby

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minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I had been to one of the other mines first, and it was too late to go to the other one I wanted to see, so I stopped here because it was open till six and I just wanted to dig more! My impressions are that this is a place that catches the drive-by tourists who want the "experience"(and they... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I have done this before in different places...but never with so much good luck finding stones of good quality. We bought one deluxe bucket ($25) and one Ruby & Sapphire bucket ($15). Ended up with tons of great gems..precious and semiprecious! Having 4 sets of earrings and a 10carat ring made at very reasonable prices. Love this place!!! I saw... More 

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Cedar Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Excellent location, value and experience .... fun for the whole family and rewarding ! Staff / owners are friendly, courteous, helpful and just lend greatly to a pleasant experience !!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Had a great afternoon here! Very friendly and found lots of Ruby's and other stones. They knew there stuff and answered all our questions!

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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This area is known for it's mining. We brought the kids to experience something specific to where we were visiting (2.5yo and 2 8yo). We purchased a souvenir bucket (reasonably priced) and found the adults getting more excited / interested in the mining too. The bucket contains dirt full of gems and you use a sluice box (looks like a... More 

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