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Address: 385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: 828-369-8383
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Prospecting
Description: Sift through the dirt to find rubies or other minerals.

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Get dirty and have fun!

We had a great time searching for hidden treasures! We found over 60 carats of rubies in the native buckets. We also sifted through rainbow buckets and found all sorts of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Beverly F
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Perrysburg, New York
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Had heard about this mine on tv show and wanted to try it. Very disappointed. The place is run by two grumpy old men and you find nothing but tiny microscopic chips that are worthless.

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minnesota
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I just had a couple hours before I had to drive to Knoxville and this mine was recommended by a friend (I'd already visited four other area mines). They did an excellent job of showing you how to process the extremely sticky dirt to expose the possible gems, and they have a fellow inspecting every sifter before you toss the... More 

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United States
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Had a fun morning mining for rubies and other gems. The helper was very knowledgable, helpful and patient answering all our questions. The gent at the counter was very helpful and had lots of stories about mining and the gems found in the area. Great place to spend the day- will go there again!

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Ozark, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

My folks live in the Franklin area and every summer when we visit we try and get the kids out to play in the NC dirt at a local mine. Sheffields has been a favorite of ours for close to 20 years and never dissappoints the kids. Whether you chose the Rainbow buckets or native buckets there is always fun... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We had a great time searching for hidden treasures! We found over 60 carats of rubies in the native buckets. We also sifted through rainbow buckets and found all sorts of interesting stone and minerals. I can't remember when I was so dirty and didn't care a bit. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. It's a great way to spend... More 

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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My wife and I went simply off the ratings on TripAdvisor and I must say they were dead on. We had a wonderful time it's 15$ a person for 2 buckets that take about 2 hours alone and you can get 2 more buckets for another $5. We couldn't have been happier, the help was top notch and they found... More 

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Denver, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

staff was outstanding on both introduction and help finding "RUBIES". Worth the money spent. We found two squeiker's that were 18kts and seven 9 to 4kts. 30+ smaller rubies. The boys ages 15 and 8 were a handful asking questions and got very nice gems in the rainbow buckets. They also found very nice emeralds in the bucket that kept... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I liked that there was a cover over where you mine your gems really fun the people were very nice you can search for gems all day

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Tampa
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

went to this place as a kid, just as awesome as an adult ! Unlike regular side of the road gem mines, u actually find stuff here which makes ur trip that much more amazing! Staff checks u out before u toss any potential honkers. Get a honker get rewarded with a free bucket of joy. Go here it's great,... More 

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Groveland
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135 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The only 'mining' we'd done in the past was at a couple of roadside touristy places with salted buckets. We wanted a different experience this time and considered Mason's, but it was on a Sunday that was supposed to rain later, so instead of paying for a day we decided to head to Sheffield's. We got there right after they... More 

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Address: 385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone Number: 828-369-8383
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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