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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

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Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-6574
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Had fun and found neat gems

We went because we were hoping our children would have fun. They are 7 and 8. Turns out that all of us had a good time, including my father in law who is almost 70. It wasn't too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
akbyerly
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Marengo, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I had a great time. We found pleanty gems and fossils. The staff was friendly and very helpful.

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Marengo, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went because we were hoping our children would have fun. They are 7 and 8. Turns out that all of us had a good time, including my father in law who is almost 70. It wasn't too expensive, the kids did the gem ore which was $12 for two decent sized bags. They found some pretty stones; sapphire, emerald,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a few people who seemed to have a nice collection of stuff from the small bags so we decided to buy one of the $50 buckets for my husband, 8 year old rock hound son & I to share. Before we purchased it I told them that my son was most interested in getting ruby's & emeralds and... More 

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Thank Patricia G
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our grandson really wanted to find some gems so that he could give his mother a birthday present and he wasn't disappointed. He opted for 2 bags of dirt rather than one pail (a bargain price) and he wasn't disappointed. An amethyst, when cut and polished, became a beautiful 2 carat pendant. My husband and I had as much fun... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in as a family of 4 and bought a 5 gallon bucket for $50. It kept us all entertained for about an hour. We found SO many treasures. We took our finds inside and they separated the rocks into what type of stone it would be. We found emeralds (a 6 karat one at that!), rubies, garnet, and... More 

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Thank kolivenbaum
Hampton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been gem mining here for years & have had some beautiful stones cut & made into jewelry for ourselves & gifts. My grand children & I have made many memories through the years. This trip, my Grandson had something special made for his Mom & Great grandmother. We love this place.

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Thank tresordivine
Dallas, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our 2nd time at the Gold and Ruby Mine. Easy to get to and the people are great!!! It is hard to know what you are looking for but they do help you some. We always get the $50.00 bucket and share it and we always find some cool gems. We will go again!

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Thank Jennifer D
Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Speaking of tourist traps all around that area in Cherokee, Gatlingburg but this ....this is the mother of traps , they have no shame in taking your money for nothing more but dust! No, no, no....if you or your kids are into mining, save your money and go somewhere else ! You'll pay big money for trash here ! 11... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

We love this place. We always travel over the mountain from gatlinburg to visit Cherokee. This is a definite stop for us. Our kids (ages 8 - 15) all love mining. We know we are not going to strike it rich but feel like we do when we find a good gem! I have always found the staff to be... More 

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Thank Susan H
Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I'm with the others that said, you're not going to strike it rich. Come for something fun and different. If I had one suggestion, bring a head mounted light. Sure, it's outside, but you're under an awning and it's sometimes hard to see if you've got something, or just a rock.

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