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“Have been coming here for several years.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rose Creek Mine

Rose Creek Mine
115 Terrace Ridge Dr., Franklin, NC 28734
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Mines, Cultural
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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Have been coming here for several years.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Fun and interesting activity. The owners, the Stinnets, are great people. Are glad to answer all your questions and are very knowledgable.

Visited September 2012
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Rose Creek delivers quality finds!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Our recent trip to Franklin and the RC mine was our third, and this site remains at the very top of our list! The entry fee of $6 entitles you to a bucket of dirt from their "mine" across the creek, but not much to be had in those offerings. Skip instead to the $20 specialty buckets laden with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst or garnets for some really great finds! The $30 special bucket with rubies, garnets and emeralds is, likewise, worth the money. Tom and Linda run a great operation, and both will take the time to select the potential cutters from your bag of treasure. They picked out about 30 potentials for us, which we took to the Gem Factory south of town for Chris to evaluate. He picked out 14 beauties--emeralds, rubies, amethyst and garnets--which we left with him to work his magic, all at reasonable prices. Say what you want about "salted" mines--this one will draw us back every time we're in town! Should be #1...

Visited September 2012
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King George, Virginia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Went here twice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The owners are very nice and very helpful. Found a rare ruby, and left it to have it cut. Would highly recommend!!

Visited September 2012
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Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Kids' enjoyment is the true treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Our gem mining expedition consisted of my parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece, husband, our two kids, and me. The kids (a 12 year old and two 8 year olds) enjoyed it the most. By the way, be sure to wear clothes and shoes that you wouldn't mind getting dirty / muddy or can throw away.

The mine is easy to find and has ample space for parking. It is in a pretty and wooded area. The BEST thing about this mine is the very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Even the dogs and cats who hang around the mine were laid-back and didn't mind all the kids petting them.

You can choose to dig your own dirt and fill your own bucket, called the "native" bucket. Or, you can choose to pay for a "seeded" or "salted" bucket which already has the stones in them. I chose to use "native" dirt at first and it was frustrating hard work because I barely found anything. I switched to a "seeded" bucket and of course, immediately came across many pretty stones.

After you're done washing and collecting your stones at the flume, then the staff will identify and bag the stones for you and even write the names of the stones on the bags. It is fascinating to hear all about the stones; you will usually come away with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, garnets, amethysts, etc. that make good souvenirs.

The mine has a bathroom up the hill and a place to wash your shoes. It looked like there was a picnic area as well, but we did not eat here. Overall, this was a good mine to visit.

Full disclosure, I have decided that gem mining is not really my thing (too muddy and too much hard work on vacation); although at least now I can say I have had the experience. The most important thing is that the kids had a great time, which is what I will treasure most about this place.

Visited July 2012
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“stayed at the camp ground”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is truely worth the drive to stay in their lil cabins, but it is great for a small family with kids. couldnt have asked for a better place to stay.

Visited August 2012
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