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Salty Dog Gem Mine

359 Adventure Ranch Rdm(Old Road Name: Gibson), Off Hwy 294, Then River Hill Rd at WagonMaster Ranch, Murphy, NC 28906
+1 828-494-9521
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Murphy
Type: Mines
Owner description: Our gem mine is located at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch which is rated the #1 attraction by Trip Adviser. Drive out to the country for a fun day gold... more » Owner description: Our gem mine is located at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch which is rated the #1 attraction by Trip Adviser. Drive out to the country for a fun day gold panning with ore from an active gold mine for the REAL panning experience and free instruction. Our gem mine bags are customized for kids or adults, novices or rock hounds. Gems are from around the world and we have special treasure, fossil, and gem bags that little ones as well as older teens love! Have the gem mining experience here or get a bag and sifter to-go.Check our website for on-line ordering. Skeet shooting, Fun Park, cabins & camping are also on site. Our covered flume has lighting, heaters,& fans so you can gem mine rain or shine - cold or hot. NO ADMISSION FEE. Free playground & shady picnic areas. We are open from March - Thanksgiving Week. PET FRIENDLY, free picnic areas. Look for WagonMaster Ranch signs. Check our seasonal hours on the web or facebook. « less
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orlando
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It was such a great way to spend part of our morning and worth the money. I found a few arrowheads and other gems that I will make souvenirs from and my friend was quite happy with the "jewels" she found. Our "guide" was wonderful and very knowledgeable. I believe she said she was a science teacher in the area.... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Our 2 twelve year old grandsons loved the paintball target shooting and gem mining. They have a wonderful little gift shop with a large variety of items for adults and children with very reasonable prices. The owners are very friendly and genuinely want the children to have a memorable visit.

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you Dustin for writing the nice review for Salty Dog gem mine. I'm glad ya'll enjoyed the other activities at WagonMaster while you were here. We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and to support our business. We really do love watching everyone have a great time, and we hope you will be back. God Bless.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were looking for something different to do over Labor Day weekend and found the gem mines on Tripadvisor. We were at a cabin in Ellijay and it was a nice day drive. The one problem we had was that within 4 miles of the location, our GPS lost connection (AT&T). We ended up making a wrong turn and then... More

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the VERY KIND review about your visit with us. I remember talking to you about coming from Ellijay, and your children were very sweet. I know GPS systems, cell phones, and mountains are not very good combinations - but I'm glad you found us and enjoyed the day. We appreciate your support and taking the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Panned for gold and found a large picker and several nice flakes. Had a great time watching my great niece find gem stones, mini golf, paint ball shooting and a nice hay ride minus the hay. The prices were very reasonable. I think my nugget is worth what we spent. Can't wait to go again!

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you, Steven for the review on Trip adviser and for finding that great nugget. I wish I could have been here to see it in person, but the picture was great. We very much appreciate your support by writing the review, and we hope you'll come back and see us the next time you're on our side of the... More

Marco Island, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Loved it! Will return for sure. Very reasonably priced. You can look for polished stones or gems in original form. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Worth the drive. T

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you, Lee, for that great review, and for complimenting our staff who really try to make sure everyone enjoys their gem mining experience. We appreciate your support and for taking time out of your schedule to let others know about your experience. We look forward to your next visit, and until then, Happy Trails!! Deb and the gang More

Lenoir, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Kids went and did Gem mining and they had a blast! Each of them got lots of gems and also got a necklace pendant, bracelet and a ring each. They loved getting the gems and the jewelry and I loved not having to wait on them to pick what kind of jewelry to buy.

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you S. "army wife" for the great review of our gem mine. We thoroughly enjoyed the girls - absolutely adorable, and so smart! We are so blessed to have great families like you to visit and stay at our ranch. We also truly appreciate Chris' military service and your support. THANK YOU, and GOD BLESS YOU. Deb More

Murphy, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We must have come at the right time because we were the only visitors there when arriving. That was nice since we are from Orlando. The employees, Josh and Josiah, were very kind and helpful. I had two 16 year old girls with me and they had a great time. We will go back when we go back to Murphy... More

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

THANK YOU for sharing your experience here at Salty Dog Gem Mine and WagonMaster Adventure Ranch. We really appreciate the kind words and the compliments to Josh and Josiah. It makes them feel good to know that ya'll had a good time. And it's nice for me to get feedback for how they take care of our guests when I... More

Bainbridge
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We had fun Gem Mining. My wife got very excited at finding two arrowheads. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We definitely will be back again.

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you Gary for that great review. It's also nice to get such positive feedback about our staff. We appreciate your support, and hope you'll be able to come visit us again soon, Happy Trails! God Bless. Debbie Rodby More

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We went to do gem panning and the staff was very friendly. Jennifer helped us identify the gems we were finding. She was very knowledgeable. They also made sure you had found everything before dumping your screen. We did two bags of rough cut and came away with 2 1/2 zip lock bags of gems including 2 arrow heads! Would... More

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you Deanna for taking the time to write such a nice review. It was very nice of you to compliment Jennifer personally also. She tries to make sure everyone has a great time when they come, and I appreciate your positive feedback. We hope you are able to come back to make more memories here at Salty Dog Gem... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We all had a great time gem mining, paintball shooting, putt putt golfing and riding through the woods and seeing the mountains. The guys were friendly and helpful. Our 3 kids are still talking about what they liked best. Thanks!

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

So glad ya'll had a great time here, and we appreciate you taking time out to let others know about your visit. It's always good to have positive feedback about my staff, and I appreciate that very much also. We hope you will be able to come again. In the meantime, safe travels and God Bless. Debbie Rodby More

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