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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 July 20, 2016
akbyerly
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Marengo, Indiana
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The three of us got the $50 5 gal. bucket and had a great time sifting for jewels. Hold onto to all of your rocks because many gems look like nothing but old rock. We found emeralds, amethyst, citrine, garnets and more. For $35 you can have them cut for jewelry.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there the staff @ the gem mine outside was a idiots knew nothing about the job they was doing and was rude the black guy was on his cell phone the whole time wouldnever go there again and not recommend it for nobody waste of time

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Thank dlmj1962
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 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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Thank akbyerly
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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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29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 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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