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Address: 9770 Highlands Road, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone Number: 828.524.5850
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Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built...

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.

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ROCKIN N' ROLLIN

A PERFECT ENDING TO OUR GEM MINING TOUR THROUGH OUT FRANKLIN. The gentlemen there were so helpful and very nice. I wish we had much more time there but it was close to closing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2014
Lilwrenn74
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A PERFECT ENDING TO OUR GEM MINING TOUR THROUGH OUT FRANKLIN. The gentlemen there were so helpful and very nice. I wish we had much more time there but it was close to closing time and a guy named J.T was really COOL ;-) with helping my family and his co-worker was wonderful as well. Excellent set-up breeze comes through... More 

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2 Thank Lilwrenn74
Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My kids, age 4, 7, and 12 all said it was the highlight of their trip. I really enjoyed it myself, but gave it three stars for three reasons: )1) a little pricey for a family on a budget $50 for two big buckets that gave you about 40 mins of entertainment. (2) no one assisted us once outside. We... More 

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2 Thank Jennifer V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Fun and great for a rainy day, best to get the 2-50 bucket. We had a blast digging through it. Came home with a bag full of gems.

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1 Thank MI_travelers2013
San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Just your basic rock, gem, and mineral store. You can pan from a bucket that you can buy. The store has some cool hand crafted do-dads.

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Thank RobertnAshleyShoaf
Longwood, Florida
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY OPINION ONLY. Okay....this was my second trip (in 10 years) to Jackson Hole. There are supposed to be only two kinds of mines in this part of the country--salted or unsalted. For the newer "miners", "salted" mines are where gemstones are added to the native soil to give them more "pop" and make the... More 

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12 Thank Wrosenfelt
Picayune, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Had a great time mining for gems at the Jackson Hole Gem Mine on the Cullasaja Gorge road between HIghlands and Franklin, NC. We bought the large bucket to share between two kids, it was plenty big enough! found lots of quartz and other gems to take home, You can have them cut on site should you wish to turn... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have had many friends take our advice and stop at Jackson Hole Gem Mine in Highlands, N.C. and all have said it was the most fun they've had in a long time! They also said they found bigger and better gem stones than anywhere else and the people there were all polite and most helpful! Put it on your... More 

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1 Thank LeeG1943
Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

By far the best gem mining location I've ever been too. We bought a $100 bucket and found SOOOOOO many gems. We also went ahead and had a necklace made from a gem that we found. Friendly staff and service. Awesome place!

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Thank Lauren M
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We went here because it was very easy to access, and on the way to the waterfalls we were visiting. It is a clean and easy place to visit, but the prices are a bit high(we spent $75) and we didn't really find much. They were very busy and the workers didn't really have time to help everyone. The store... More 

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Thank GABE AND DARLEN... W
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The panning was fun and the staff was knowledgeable but the sales tactics were pushy and fishy. Every time you asked something they tried to upsell you or tell you that you should have bought some other kind of deal. Fun but BEWARE!

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