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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
Phone Number: 18283492941
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted...

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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Treasure Hunt

We had a great day of fun and collected a number of sapphires and other gem stones. Mat and Lisa are very knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions at an experience... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bill F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great day of fun and collected a number of sapphires and other gem stones. Mat and Lisa are very knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions at an experience appropriate level. We are already planning our return visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent fun & educational here! Plan to spend at lease 4 hours a day here. Admission is 25.00 a person (and this includes the 1st 2 buckets) after that each additional bucket is 5.00. They also sell tailing bags 5.00 each bag. Matt is brilliant! He loves teaching you ! It was so nice to be at a mine with... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Your point about time allotment is very important, which is why we encourage miners to ARRIVE EARLY! Especially for first-time miners - we have had people arrive at opening and spend the whole day until closing just on their initial two buckets. Of course, the more you do mining, the better ( and quicker) you... More 

Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific, very informative are helpful are Matt and Lisa. This gem mining stuff is addictive. And the fact that what you find is from these mountains was a plus whether we found something really good or not. Salted mines have stuff that's low grade coming from foreign countries. Granted you won't necessarily find something big but even the small stuff... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Yes, gem mining can be addictive, but at Cherokee Mine, it is a healthy addiction - it is "No Salt Added"! There is always the possibility that a big gem may show up, but that is completely up to Nature and what natural processes left in our alluvial deposit. And the best endorsement we can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great day at the mine finding several types of gems including sapphires, rubies and garnets. Would have missed some if Lisa and Matt hadn't checked my leftovers for me! ( A free service they offer) My visit started with an overview of what can be found at the mine by Stan, the cheery host at the gate. She... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are all very glad you enjoyed your day at the mine, and you bring up some important items, particularly about being prepared for weather (be it sun or otherwise), and that we do our best to work with each miner to maximize the chances of going home with gems. There are never any guarantees... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This mine is unsalted, which is what drew my family to it. The earth has large cores drilled and sampled, then buckets are filled straight from the mine, which you sift through. Realize this means you may not find anything, but finding something means a lot more this way. Staff is very helpful, they love to answer your questions and... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! You bring up several important points about gemhunting at an unsalted mine, and we try our best to make miners as successful as possible. We want miners to have the necessary information and skill to do the best job they can do on their own, but we also want to ensure that, if the gems... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had not been mining for gems since I was a young lad. Matt and Lisa were both extremely helpful. And both of them went though our gravel and found several gems we missed. P.S. your GPS may lie to you enroute to the mine but we enjoyed the scenic dead end route. Make sure you have plenty of time... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad that we enabled you to have a successful day at the mine. You do bring up some important points about the GPS. We have since added photographs to the directions on our webpage (see link at the right top of this page) to help prevent wrong turns in the future. As an... More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love cherokee mine although I have never found a ruby here I have been there when other people have and I found some large pieces of rutil(I guess that is how you spell it) and I had a beautiful pair of earrings and a necklace made out of it!! Also love the great conversations at the flume!

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! While we are disappointed that you have yet to find a ruby, hope springs eternal! Rutile is a wonderful gem, and does make some very attractive jewelry, and while it is not rubies, it is very distinctive in its own right. It is fun for us to have good conversations too - it does make... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were there today. We had a great time! Matt and Lisa were so helpful and informative. We learned a lot and had a great time, it was so much fun! Now I know what to look for when I'm rockhounding!

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your day! We want miners to end their day at Cherokee Mine with better gemhunting skills and information than when they arrived, and we are very happy to find that we were successful with your visit. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you back on the sluice! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

I have never done anything like this before. Matt and Lisa were both very patient with me going through how to identify gems, and help me in my search. Matt actually went thru the classroom part twice for me to clear up my understanding. Thanks for a truely great day! I can't wait to go back to Franklin soon.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad to know that you had a successful day! We find that by putting in the effort to educate our miners, they have a more successful and enjoyable day mining. We look forward to seeing you back in Franklin and on the sluice! More 

Ripley, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Matt and Lisa worked with my 9 year old and was very patient. We had a lot of fun. Our party found several sapphires a moonstone a ruby and lots of garnets.

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We do try our best to work with each miner because we want them to be successful, and because Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine is 100% unsalted, we know this can be challenging. We are happy to hear that you had a fun and successful day, and we look forward to seeing you back on... More 

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