If you are planning on visiting Sapphire, North Carolina or anywhere in the Western North Carolina area there is one place that you just have to go. The Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine on Highway 64 between Brevard and Cashiers is a fantastic place to take your children or grandchildren for some good clean fun... well maybe clean is just a relative word. Your children will have the chance to play in the dirt and water while they pan for Sapphires, Rubies, Topaz, Emeralds, Rose and Smoky Quartz and Amethyst just to name a few. Under the guidance and direction of their staff, the children are supervised while mining. Younger children who tire of panning sooner than their brothers and sisters have fun racing a rubber ducky down the flume. After panning for gems you can go inside the sweet shop and enjoy some old-fashioned candy, great cookies, ice cream and drinks. The sweets inside are delicious!!! I can't say what was better - the sweets or the peaceful setting of the flume. What a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. They even have camping areas and a campfire ring. I recommend the Sapphire Sweet Shop and Gem Mine for anyone wanting to take their family for a fun outing.
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