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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

9770 Highlands Road, Highlands, NC 28741
828.524.5850
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Ranked #8 of 18 attractions in Highlands
Type: Mines
Owner description: Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built in 1952. We are located exactly 9 miles from beautiful downtown Highlands,... more » Owner description: Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built in 1952. We are located exactly 9 miles from beautiful downtown Highlands, and 9 miles from downtown Franklin. We are 1/3 of a mile from the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls (means "sweetwater" in Cherokee). Also, 5 miles from Dry Falls (seen in The Last of the Mohicans). Our guests can browse our huge rock shop and gift store, or eat hot boiled peanuts on our front porch overlooking the beautiful Cullasaja River. Our gem mine is all weather fun for the whole family. Macon County is considered the "Gem Capital of the World" for a reason! Come and buy a bucket to sift! Small Buckets are $10 each, and one per person. Ultimate Buckets are $30 each or 2 for $50. These buckets are big and can be shared! We also have a $100 Bucket Club. This bucket is great for families. With this, you receive a $45 free cut of a gemstone that you find! Chuck is a master lapidary and we can help you choose what would be the best thing in your find to cut! We are handicapped accessible and very kid/pet friendly. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We love Jackson Hole. My son, now 15, has had birthday parties and several school outings at the gem mine. It is clean, a great value, and FUN! The staff is gracious and knowledgeable. Another plus, Holly makes gorgeous jewelry. If you have kids, or even if you don't, Jackson Hole is a Highlands must do.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

We went to three different mines on the same day and this one was the easiest to sift. They put the gems in sand and there is a covered sluice to sit at. All very civilized and non-messy. You can purchase buckets of various sizes and they will assist you identifying the stones.

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