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Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine

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Great place for young'uns to find gems

This is a fun place to come with youngsters to pan for gemstones. It's fun to do, even on a hot... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2017
Western North Carolina
This place was so fun!

We loved mining for gems. It's something I had never done, but my wife had done a lot as a kid... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2016
Miami, Florida
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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible5%
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's my 2nd time here and I wasn't disappointed . I visited Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine initially back in 2016 during my road trip across the country. Stopped here on a whim. I had a blast and decided I'd be back one day. I visited...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank FlightFollowing
Reviewed August 20, 2018

They have gone WAY downhill.We went about 10 years ago and they were great. Now they have 2 people there running it for them (the owners who were there when I had the good experience). 1 knows nothing at all about rocks or even that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kim B
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Stopped here on our way out of time to give the kids a little hands on activity.the gentleman who helped us was extremely helpful and full of great information ,he took the time to tell us about all the gems/ stones we found

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Anne J
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

We took our daughters, ages 10 and 4, to the Ruby Mine and we all had fun! We bought a family bucket and we were all able to look stones. The gentlemen working there was very friendly and informative. He even put a little adjustable...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank barnesemily
Reviewed July 9, 2018

My husband and I decided to stop by the Ruby Mine on July 6th after having a refreshing and fantastic swim in Fontana Lake. We have now made this our #1 choice for gem mining in NC! The staff was extremely knowledgeable and took their...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed November 9, 2017

This is a fun place to come with youngsters to pan for gemstones. It's fun to do, even on a hot day as the place is shaded. This is a great thing to do when you are in the Nantahala area

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank SteveandBobbie
Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We had so much fun even in the rain! The space is covered so if the weather isn't cooperating think about taking the ride Buckets range from $40- $60 but the basic bucket was enough to keep us busy for a while. We definitely found...More

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank Tana M
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

My youngest son loves this stuff!! We've never taken him before so this was our first experience. The Lady and young man who run the place were very nice. She was great at talking to the kids and identifying rocks and their meanings to them....More

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Darah10975
Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

I have been saving up to do this with my children. It would have been a great memory for them and I wish that I could have given a 5-star review but we had a horrible experience during our visit here this afternoon. As we...More

Date of experience: July 2016
24  Thank Cynthia L
Reviewed April 6, 2016

We loved mining for gems. It's something I had never done, but my wife had done a lot as a kid. Well the kid is still in there and she and I had a blast (and we are in our 50's).

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank kd4dna
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