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“Fun time-super friendly staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jackson Hole Gem Mine

Jackson Hole Gem Mine
9770 Highlands Road, Highlands, NC 28741
828.524.5850
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Ranked #13 of 19 Attractions in Highlands
Type: Mines, Cultural
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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.
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Fun time-super friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We took our 6 and 9 year old daughtters here after reading all the good reviews. What a great time!! We paid $50 for two large buckets and my kids had a blast finding their gems...peridots, amethyst, citrine, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, topaz, and tourmaline. My six year old has been carrying around her bag of "gems" day and night. The staff were really knowledgeable and helped us identify all of our stones. We ended up hanging out in the shop talking to the staff about other topics like gardening, even after we'd made our purchases. They were just so friendly and generous! Absolutey worth a visit. (The drive there is beautiful, too.)

Visited April 2013
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South Florida, Florida
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“Take the kids !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

we have taken grandkids of all ages at different times and it is just a good time. Watch how the parents start to get into the action too ! Old time rockers are set around...for "old time rockers" to watch ! Workers are very helpful as some of the unlovely looking stones could be an emerald, etc. Buy the big buckets, they are worth the extra time sorting. At home rinse the stones and spread them out. They sparkle and the kids ooo and ahhh.

Visited September 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Great weath of information”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I entered the Jackson Hole Gem Mine knowing very little about gems, their natural state, the variety of kinds, and the process of how they are cut and polished to reveal their inner beauty and the work that goes into making them "shine". The staff here are exceptional in spending time to explain everything, something I really appreciated. Before I left there was a family of four who purchased a bucket of sand and gems for I believe was $10-$15 and left with a variety of gems that were worth much more, a win-win plus they genually appeared to be having a lot of fun sifting to find their hidden treasure.

Visited October 2012
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Vienna, Virginia
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“Cherry Cider!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The only reason we pulled into this Trading Post/Gem Mine was because we were dying of thirst, having just forged our way to the bottom and back of Cullasaja Falls. They lured us with free samples of their cherry and apple ciders. We were HOOKED; leaving with three jugs of the Cherry Cider. Those receiving this liquid yum back home are already screaming for more!

In addition to a large selection of souvenirs and local tasty jarred jams and relishes, the trading post clerks were soooooooooooo helpful in directing us to other nearby attractions and good eats. Their advice to indulge in the barbecue at 'Fat Buddies' in Franklin was spot-on!

What an unexpected 'treasure' of a place!

Visited October 2012
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Sapphire, North Carolina
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“KIDS CAMP.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Nice place to take kids to mine. It is a salted mine, so you are guaranteed to get something. The prices are pretty good as well. We all found some nice gems. They even cut and polish and make jewelry there. They have a gift shop as well.

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