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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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It is all about the experience-and maybe getting lucky too!

My daughter (8) and I visited recently and had a wonderful time. She is a nature kid and thoroughly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jbrot
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Baltimore, Maryland
Best part of our trip!

This was an absolutely great morning. Matt shared lots of information along with his dry humor and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MaryC4634
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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted Mine, located in the heart of the Beautiful Cowee Valley of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains.
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41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter (8) and I visited recently and had a wonderful time. She is a nature kid and thoroughly enjoyed her time here as did I. Matt was great and took time to explain quite a bit (I think of him as a fellow with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an absolutely great morning. Matt shared lots of information along with his dry humor and Lisa was very helpful checking to be sure we didn't leave any gems behind. Stan was a jewel herself! We left with rubies, garnets, and sapphires! We will...More

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Reviewed July 21, 2018

As a kid, I went to a typical roadside "salted" mine. I remember having fun and finding a bunch of stuff- but many, many years later I felt it was a little cheesy and sought out a more authentic experience for my own kids, which...More

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Thank you for your review! Your review highlights several important points: Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine is an authentic unsalted mining experience. While many of our mining customers find many nice stems, it is an unsalted mine – some people will find more, some will...More

Reviewed June 14, 2018

The husband/wife team here give you as close to the real experience less you digging up the dirt yourself. This IS NOT the typical side of the road "mining" stand that is all over NC. You get two buckets of untouched dirt direct from the...More

1  Thank Chrswfe
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Thank you very much for your review! We all work very hard to make this the atypical mining experience and concentrate on the educational aspects as well as the recreational (A/K/A "FUN") parts. Thank you also for mentioning the importance of being prepared for the...More

Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

Awesome experience ! My first time ever gem mining and I learned so much from Matt and Lisa. They were very informative and offered to look behind us to ensure we didn’t miss any! I especially liked Matt’s personality and humor, pay attention so you...More

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thank you for your review! We are glad your first mining experience was so positive - we all work very hard to make this a learning experience. If you do miss some of the jokes, there will be more to follow. . . and thank...More

Reviewed January 22, 2018

I took my daughter and grand children there last summer. It was fun getting in the mud and water looking for stones. The people who run it are knowledgeable and helpful. They explained not only how to sain the mud but the stones to look...More

3  Thank anailipo
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you and your family had a fun time, and we are happy to hear that you found our instruction helpful, and that you took advantage of our second-look service! We look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed November 2, 2017

This mine provides only buckets of native soil, thus you won't find salted buckets of minerals from Brazil here! So, if you want the real North Carolina experience, this is it! We had a great time there, taking a break to eat the lunch we...More

Thank Connie L
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thank you for your review! We are all very happy you had an enjoyable experience here at Cherokee Mine! Thank you for pointing out our 100% Unsalted Ore, and also pointing out that lunch is an important part of planning your trip here. Well-prepared miners...More

Reviewed October 20, 2017 via mobile

Stan, Matt and Lisa are great! Started going to Cherokee about two years ago, first time I found a nice blue sapphire and was hooked. Most recent find was a 16 carat Ruby, but keep in mind it is an unsalted mine so there are...More

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thank you for your review! And thank you for being a great miner! To our TripAdvisor readers: Steve is a Cherokee Mine success story. Over the last couple years, Steve has progressed from a neophyte miner to a skilled gem hunter. Through perseverance - and...More

Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

This is a small mine they only take up to 20 people maximum. They have a neat sluice box fed from a river. It costs 25 a person to get in and then you buy your dirt. The dirt is unsalted meaning they don't put...More

2  Thank Jaboy84
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thank you for your review! We do limit the attendance, so that we can devote enough time and attention to all of the miners on the sluice. (Minor correction: 25 is the upper limit, but it can at times be lower depending on conditions.) Definitely...More

Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have been to several mines and sluiceing troughs over the years, and this place is the best we've seen! Not only do they have great quality, completely unsalted buckets, but they are also very educational in showing you what you're looking...More

3  Thank Nick M
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thank you for your review! We work very hard at providing the best possible mining experience we can, and part of that is by providing the most comprehensive information. We have tried to make Cherokee Mine educational as well as fun! We are also happy...More

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Pam Z
March 16, 2017|
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Response from Terry G | Reviewed this property |
How long is the trailer? The road to and from the Mine is paved but a little narrow, once you turn off the main road. To get to the main parking lot you have to negotiated a left hand turn off this road. I agree a 20 foot... More
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ladyhawk98
January 14, 2017|
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Response from ProudMom69 | Reviewed this property |
We went last year and it was $30.00 for two buckets then they got a little cheaper. We found some beautiful stones that we had cut at cowee lapidary down the road. We also found a couple large pieces of rutile and had 2... More
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Samuel S
December 20, 2016|
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Response from TJ H | Reviewed this property |
it is an unsalted mine so the potential is there to find what your looking for unless it's a diamond. Rubies and Sapphires are pretty abundant.
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