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Salty Dog Gem Mine

359 Adventure Ranch Rdm(Old Road Name: Gibson), Off River Hill Rd at WagonMaster Ranch, Murphy, NC 28906
+1 828-494-9521
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Murphy
Type: Mines
Owner description: Rated #3 attraction in Murphy,NC, our gem mine is located at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch which is rated the #1 attraction by Trip Adviser. Drive out... more » Owner description: Rated #3 attraction in Murphy,NC, 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 and gem bags that little ones as young as two on up to the teens love! Have the gem mining experience here or get a bag and sifter to-go. We also ship. Fun Park, cabins & camping 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. You can also get our gem bags or gold with on-line orders from our website. We are open through 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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Lenoir, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
80 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We took my son and nephews here for an afternoon visit. They had a blast! Lived the gem mining and the shooting galleries! Reasonable prices both on activities and "treasures"and the owner is remarkably friendly. This was our second visit, we'll be back!

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

WOW!!! Thank you for that wonderful review. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience, and thank you so much for such great feedback. We meet the nicest people who come to visit, and it's really easy to love our job with guests like you. Thanks again. God Bless. Debbie Rodby More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

During our week stay in Murphy with several kids we chose this place for our last afternoon. Great for an active few hour visit. Gem mining, paint ball, air gun and putt putt. Definitely would go again.

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

Thank you so much for being our 1st review for our 5th season. We really enjoyed having ya'll, and I appreciate you taking the time to write such a great review., Your feedback is not only vital to our business, but it is also personally appreciated by my staff and I. Hope to see you again; God Bless. Deb More

Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We visited WagonMaster Adventure Ranch on 10/19/2013 and had a great time! My husband and I panned for gold, which turned out to be very relaxing yet exciting when we actually found some gold. My husband found a relatively large nugget that made a very satisfying "clink" when it was dropped into the vial. Josh was so helpful and knowledgeable.... More

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

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to do that wonderful review. I think it was your gold pan that Josh took the picture of and I put on our new Salty Dog Gem Mine brochure. Thank you also for mentioning Josh in your review. I think I am VERY blessed to have the best staff and it's very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We took our 9 and 6 year old boys to the Wagonmaster Ranch this past weekend and had a wonderful time! Debbie and Josh were incredibly helpful and attentive. My boys came home with a big bag of gems, and my husband even got some gold. We'd go back again in a heartbeat!

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

Thank you so much for taking time to share information about your visit with us. Ya'll were such a nice family and it's always a pleasure to meet great people like you and your VERY well mannered boys. We'd love to see you back again, in the meantime, Happy Trails and God Bless. Deb, Josh, and the gang More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had a very nice time at the Salty Dog Gem Mine. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, as well as knowledgable. We did the gem mining and gold panning experience. The kids LOVED the gem "mining," it was perfect for our 8, 6, and 4 year old. The gold panning was a bit more tedious, but we were... More

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

Thank you so much for the great review and the nice words about our staff and restrooms! We love to get feedback from our guests, and it's SO nice that you took the time to share your experience. Yes, we are in the country where we have lots of room, but we think it's worth the drive, and we are... More

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