Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, Franklin: Hours, Address, Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted Gem Mine, located in the heart of the beautiful Cowee Valley of North Carlolina's Smoky Mountains. NOTE: Cherokee Mine is currently CLOSED for the season, and will re-open on 01 May 2020.
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EJ
Freeland, MI13 contributions
Get there when they open! Fun learning experience!
Jul 2021 • Family
We drove all the way from Gatlinburg and enjoyed it. Got there at 11am. They only let in a specific number per day so get there early if you can help it. We were there and they started turning people away around noon. We would have been disappointed if that were us but there are others in the area. The staff were very knowledgeable and patient teachers. We found a few jeepers but nothing overly exciting. I would have stayed longer if they didn’t shut down for the day at about 1 pm. On way back we hit the museum in Cherokee (3 out of 5).
Written July 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JLukasJ
1 contribution
Must-see location
Jul 2021 • Family
The people were very kind, helpful, and taught us about the gems that could be found! The mine is not rigged, and it is very likely to find gems.
Written July 7, 2021
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Don B
1 contribution
Learn and then do. Great experience!
Jun 2021 • Friends
Upon arriving, my girlfriend and I were given an introduction to what gems were at the area, how to identify them and some great information on telling look-alikes apart. Then we were shown how to use the shaker boxes and flume. Truly great information and delivered by people who are passionate about teaching and sharing the experience. They even provide a free service of checking behind us to ensure we do not miss anything. The girlfriend found three sapphires and various pieces of other gems. I found moonstone, kyanite, garnets and a few other pieces. (Sadly, no sapphires for me) truly magnificent time!
Written July 2, 2021
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manspach123
Millerstown, PA12 contributions
The true gem hunting experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you want the real deal in unsalted gem hunting, go visit Matt and Lisa at Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine. You will get a great education on all the things you can find, and if you get a chance, ask Matt to show you the panning method of mining. Awesome place I will be visiting again.
Written June 17, 2021
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Heather
Coral Springs, FL18 contributions
A wonderful experience!
May 2021 • Couples
What a lovely experience! This is definitely “off the beaten path” but well worth the trip if you are looking for something not so “touristy” after visiting the Smoky Mountains.

It’s an UNSALTED mine, which was exactly why we ventured out here. Everything that you find is native to the earth here, and has not been tampered with.

Lisa and Matt were AMAZING! Super knowledgeable and helpful! I loved the personalized attention that we received (they had just opened back up to the public after being closed due to Covid, so it wasn’t busy when we visited).

We found a couple of sapphires, garnets, and a whole bunch of other stuff that they identified for us.

I sooo wish we were local. I would totally be a regular here!
Written June 7, 2021
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Kimberly F
3 contributions
Loved it
Apr 2021
We just got home from vacation and that was the absolute first thing I did and always wanted to do. I found quit a bit and even had one ruby made into a 2 carat oval, wish I could have done 4 like he said it was a huge gem but at 100 dollars a carat I couldn’t. It came out beautiful! I have plenty more to do as well as the sapphires. They are in a tumbler now! I have a lot of people saying it’s fake and they are not real gems. Do you have any information on it? We stopped again in pigeon forge and I think that one was fake because there was a coin in the bucket and the stones were not ruff
Written April 22, 2021
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TrevMcG
Upper Sandusky, OH2 contributions
Nice for newbies
Sep 2019
We have never been gem mining before, always wanted to do something like this. Everyone from the lady at the office to the people working with us at the water trough were super helpful. We found a couple of garnets, and Lisa found some sapphires an moonstones that we missed when she doublechecked our stuff. Worth the visit.
Written November 12, 2019
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Thank you for your review! All of us work hard to ensure the best possible circumstances for new miners to have a successful day. We are always happy to hear that "newbies" enjoyed their day at Cherokee Mine. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice!
Written November 13, 2019
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Sparklygirlchef
Freeport, FL25 contributions
Best time ever!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Loved this adventure! The staff is super knowledgeable and a lot of fun! It’s pretty rustic but what do you expect for digging in dirt. We had an amazing time.
Written October 29, 2019
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Thank you for your review! We are all glad you enjoyed your adventure, and we also hope that your restaurant explorations were successful as well. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice - and let us know how the other adventures worked out!
Written November 13, 2019
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Anne B
Bradenton, FL1 contribution
Great Mine & Wonderful Staff!
Oct 2019
Looking for treasures is always fun, but Matt and Lisa looking at our discarded rocks was a great feature. Before we threw them away, they double checked them to make sure we hadn't missed anything. That gave me the peace-of-mind to move a little quicker and go through more buckets of dirt (follow up buckets were also cheaper)!
Written October 14, 2019
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Thank you for your review! We are happy to know that our efforts on the line give miners peace of mind - we know that unsalted mining is hard enough to begin with, and we do not want miners to throw anything away that they should go home with. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice!
Written November 13, 2019
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CeceTravel
Gulf Shores, AL15 contributions
Great for beginners & gem enthusiasts!
Oct 2019 • Friends
First of all, the mine is unsalted, which means that they don’t tamper with the dirt coming from the mining site. And second, they help you with every step when you are unsure about your sifting. Lisa, her husband and mother-in-law were all so patient with my first mining experience. I will definitely be back next year along with my fur baby, Nyx. Thanks for a great time!!!!
Written October 2, 2019
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Thank you for your review! Thank you for noting these important points: The ore is unsalted, so whatever you find is truly from our on-site excavation, and not from some other locale; we all work very hard to make mining at Cherokee user-friendly to miners of all skill levels, especially first-timers. Always ask questions! And we can only imagine how big your pup will be by next year . . . We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice!
Written October 4, 2019
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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM