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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

6771 Sylva Road, Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-5271
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines
Fee: Yes
Most recent review
- Jul 19, 2014
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Loved the experience of watching kids find gems in their pans. Worth the trip to enjoy the people at the flue.

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Top Contributor
221 reviews 221 reviews
69 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The staff was friendly and helpful to the kids with their treasure hunting. Prices were reasonable. We got the $25 bucket for the kids to share. It was plenty. It's real dirt and clay, not sand like some places. They got dirty but had a blast.

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Windber, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped here because I found rubies mining at Sheffield Mines and wanted to get them cut. The woman working was absolutely wonderful. She will be getting my rubies and turning them into a total of 6 carat ring for me and mailing it to me back in PA. I wish we would have mined here instead of Sheffield, the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Absolutely was pleasantly surprised at the sizes of the gemstones. It was great to just sit and sift through the sluth. We met the granddaughter and she was so helpful. (Love the Pink Beatle car... $ gas $) (We were the family near Wake Forest) This place truly deserves an A+ / you leave happy and satisfied with your "loot".... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This was our 2nd visit. We found it changed from our 1st visit a year ago. May be they were having a bad day but the woman in charge was not very friendly or helpful, a bit sour, actually. The pail yields seemed less than the previous visit and there was not a lot of variety from the other mines... More

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Georgia, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We visited three mines in Franklin, and we ended up coming back to this mine for a second visit & to purchase some buckets to take home. The people were very friendly & helpful, and we got some really great price. I thought the prices were great for the things we received. This is the mine I would recommend, especially... More

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stopped by the mine because it was close to the highway and convenient. We had our granddaughter with us and we did pay for a bucket that yielded some nice gems;she was really excited. Later that afternoon, on our return to Franklin we stopped again and let try her hand at gem mining again. The people there were very... More

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Winter Park, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I love going to Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine. The staff is great and extremely knowledgeable. This was my third trip to the mine and was not disappointed. I found some great stones and I'm getting them cut and mounted as I always do each time I visit. Thanks Sonja and John!

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Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

This is not some hardcore mining location where you do your own digging and since we have 3 little ones, this is what we needed. But neither is this the commercialized and/or cheesy place you see in the tourist towns where the dirt comes in prepackaged bags, so we really liked that too. There was a range of ages mining... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We went here on a Sunday morning because this was the only mine that we could find open. The guy running the mine was a chain smoker. He constantly had a cigarette lit and sometimes left it burning in one of the flumes. I did not find this to be very child friendly and it was downright annoying as we... More

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