Rose Creek Mine
Rose Creek Mine
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsMines
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Tourism gift shop for rocks, gems, and minerals. Rose Creek Mine is accessible, family friendly, "Good, Clean, Dirty, Fun". A wide variety of dig your own buckets and enhanced buckets are available. We are open April 1 through October 31 - Wednesdays through Saturdays 9am - 5pm and Sundays 11am - 5pm. We also open 9am - 5pm on the major Holidays during the season - Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Last miners are taken at 4pm. Our staff will identify your finds. Please join us for a fabulous experience. Private parties and events may be scheduled.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Katrina C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Favorite Mine
    We visited Rose Creek three times in June and July. Each visit is a thrilling adventure. But, on this day I found a piece of Indian pottery and my husband found a piece of crystal with multiple points on iron ore. It is beautiful. We found a number of garnets, a small ruby and he found two sapphires. The staff at Rose Creek is a joy to be around, they are knowledgeable and extremely friendly. It was very hot day and they came around giving out popsicles to the kids ( big and small ). You need to plan on spending at least two hours. There is a fee per person for the first two buckets, if you get the bug extra buckets are cheap. They do offer salted buckets for the kids. This is absolutely thrilling for this rock hound.
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you had a great time. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Sightseer03895244296
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience for my grandchild and us.
    Off the road a ways but easy to find. Affordable and organized and "finds" wete labrled and placed in individual ziploc bags. Shady, cool location on a warm day. Very accommodating staff - simple family fun.
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you and your grandchildren had a great time. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Linda C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best gem mine experience!!
    The best gem mine in North Carolina! We went to 5 gem mines, but this was the best! The staff are wonderful and even identified our stones and put them in little bags with labels so we wouldn't forget when we got home!
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you had a great time. Come back again real soon. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • bobjan2
    Boynton Beach, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family fun
    Took the 9 grandkids gem mining. Rose Creek Mine is fantastic. After the kids got their gems he sorted them all and identified them for each kid. Been to many gem mines over the years and this place is next level. Young Guy with a degree in geology owns it and is a wealth of information. I highly recommend it 10 out of 10
    Thank you for bringing your 9 grandchildren and for the fantastic 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you all enjoyed yourselves. We hope you all will come back again soon. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Shelby K
    60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience!
    We visited Rose Creek Mine with our 9 year old granddaughter who loves rocks and gem mining. When we arrived the owner, a young man with a degree in geology welcomed us and explained our options for mining. Our granddaughter wanted to dig for her buckets. We chose an enhanced bucket. After our granddaughter filled her two buckets, the owner instructed us on to how to best look for assorted gems including rubies, sapphires, garnets and other local gems. Note that you should bring a towel to sit in and clean your hands. The area was covered which was nice on a hot July day. After carefully looking through the soil, we showed our findings to the owner. He explained what we had found and labeled all the gems. I especially liked the rhodolite garnets. He then showed us the gem shop. He took the time to explain different items from all over the world. My granddaughter loved the entire experience! We will definitely return when we are the area. Note that there is a foot cleaning station at the restroom.
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you all had a great time. Come back again real soon! Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • BessC
    Waynesville, North Carolina22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly enjoyable
    Very nice experience that felt authentic. Our Two kids under 7 got “enriched” kid buckets for $25 each, and had pleasure in every single scoop. We spent about an hour sifting the gems, then another 20 minutes getting our treasures identified. That was quite a pleasant surprise, and the knowledgeable staff made sure our kids could be enthusiastic about their finds. Also, they used a special black light to ID the fluorescent finds, and taught a bit about rocks as they were identifying. The whole setting was lovely, peaceful, and there was a nice bathroom for the grandmother.
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you and your two children had a great time. Come back again real soon. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • dadtraveler24
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just MINE it! Awesome!
    We went to this mine with a 14 and 12 year old. Frankly, we were not quite sure what to expect but they both had a fantastic time. We purchased the “dig your own packages”which were $20 for two buckets for each person. Both kids ended up finding rubies quarts sapphires, and other items. The staff helped identify all the rocks at the end of the day. Amazing experience!
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you all had such a fantastic time. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Sharon F
    Saint Louis, Missouri15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great time at Rose Creek Mine
    My friend and I visited Rose creek mine today Sunday, Oct 15, 2023. We were greeted by the Owner who is a geologist who was going over the gems and rocks a family found while mining. He separated their find into categories, put them in baggies and labeled them by name. None of the mines we have gone to have ever done that. They will tell you if any of the gems are worth taking to a lapidary for cutting and polishing. The owner and staff are very knowledgeable about the fossils, gems, fragments of pottery sometimes found and any geological questions you may have. They are so pleasant and made our stay a really fun time. They sped time with their guests, check back frequently to answer questions or help in any way they can. The equipment is nice. They also provide a scrub brush and gloves so you can wash the rock to see what you have found. We will return! This place is great for kids of any age!!!!
    Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you had a great time. It is our pleasure to identify your finds and spend time with our guests. Hope come back again real soon! Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
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JulieJoan
Gatlinburg, TN17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
What a fun day! I wanted to do some gem mining while in Franklin and after some research I chose Rose Creek. First, the directions were great on google maps and got us right there. I was the first one there at 10 am . Linda and Tom greeted me and gave me directions on how to mine. You can dig your own buckets or choose one of their ‘salted’ ones. I asked my husband to dig my buckets, $10 for the first 2 buckets and an $5 for each additional bucket. Tom gave me all the supplies I needed and showed me how to clean the rocks. He instructed me to save anything that looked like it might be something other than a river rock. Two hours later and 2 buckets gone I was done. Tom looked through my finds and labeled and bagged them up for me. I took them to town and one garnet(my birthstone) was 3 karats so I decided to get it cut and set! If you want to have gem mine for a great price, visit Rose Creek, you won’t regret it!
Written October 6, 2020
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Roamin-Amy
Hudson, FL57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We went here first thing in the morning with intentions of going to several other places. We never made it anywhere else on this day! Tom, the owner was knowledgeable, friendly, and very helpful. The rest of the staff was great too.
At Rose Creek you are going through actual native earth. There are two large areas where they bring in dirt from the area. You get to fill your bucket and take it back to the sluice to see what you can find. We found sapphires, garnets, topaz, and some beautiful quartz.
They also have 'salted' buckets with specific minerals/gems in them - ruby, emerald, amethyst, etc. Those were fun too!
The setting is really nice, there were bird feeders and lots of flowers planted around. As you are sluicing, you can watch the birds come to the feeders.
The prices are very very reasonable, the staff will ID your finds for you, and they make sure you are enjoying yourself! Wonderful time. Compared to other places we had been to and other places we went - Rose Creek Mine was by far the best experience!
Written July 4, 2021
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Katrina C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We visited Rose Creek three times in June and July. Each visit is a thrilling adventure. But, on this day I found a piece of Indian pottery and my husband found a piece of crystal with multiple points on iron ore. It is beautiful. We found a number of garnets, a small ruby and he found two sapphires. The staff at Rose Creek is a joy to be around, they are knowledgeable and extremely friendly. It was very hot day and they came around giving out popsicles to the kids ( big and small ). You need to plan on spending at least two hours. There is a fee per person for the first two buckets, if you get the bug extra buckets are cheap. They do offer salted buckets for the kids. This is absolutely thrilling for this rock hound.
Written June 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you had a great time. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JHK3
Kankakee, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Fantastic experience for myself and my two teenagers! Owners were super knowledgeable and they ID’d and labeled all of our finds. We elected to share the $100 bucket and we came away with a HUGE variety of gemstones, well worth the price tag. We plan on coming back and doing the fill your own bucket option, having arrived too late in the day to do it today. This is an absolute “must do” experience!
Written October 12, 2021
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Rebecca A
Chicago, IL38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Year after year Rose Creek Mine continues to deliver. Clean facilities, lovely shop, friendly owners with the staple cat and dog sleeping on the porch. We love this place and for reasonable prices you can dig your own dirt ($5 a bucket) or buy an embellished bucket which is sure to please. We always find a gorgeous cluster of amethyst, quartz or citrine in the bottom. The owners will label and bag every gem you find and you come away with amazing knowledge and items to interest you and your children. We enjoy looking them up and learning more about the gems and how they formed. As a teacher, I also like to take a few to school each year for science lessons in my classroom.
Rose Creek is a hidden find that is typically not too busy to please each patron and give them personalized attention.
The frozen popsicles are a nice touch in the summer heat!
Written June 22, 2022
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dadtraveler24
Fort Lauderdale, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to this mine with a 14 and 12 year old. Frankly, we were not quite sure what to expect but they both had a fantastic time. We purchased the “dig your own packages”which were $20 for two buckets for each person. Both kids ended up finding rubies quarts sapphires, and other items. The staff helped identify all the rocks at the end of the day. Amazing experience!
Written August 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you all had such a fantastic time. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BessC
Waynesville, NC22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Very nice experience that felt authentic. Our Two kids under 7 got “enriched” kid buckets for $25 each, and had pleasure in every single scoop. We spent about an hour sifting the gems, then another 20 minutes getting our treasures identified. That was quite a pleasant surprise, and the knowledgeable staff made sure our kids could be enthusiastic about their finds. Also, they used a special black light to ID the fluorescent finds, and taught a bit about rocks as they were identifying.
The whole setting was lovely, peaceful, and there was a nice bathroom for the grandmother.
Written July 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you and your two children had a great time. Come back again real soon. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

njgp2015
Melbourne, FL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We had a wonderful time at Rose Creek Mine. What a pretty setting! Our two grandsons ages 5 & 7 LOVED every minute. Staff was friendly and so helpful. Added bonus - they identified and labeled gems the boys found. They even bagged them up for the boys to carry home. We will definitely be back.
Written July 27, 2020
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Sightseer03895244296
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Off the road a ways but easy to find. Affordable and organized and "finds" wete labrled and placed in individual ziploc bags. Shady, cool location on a warm day. Very accommodating staff - simple family fun.
Written June 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for the 5 Star Review!! We are so glad you and your grandchildren had a great time. Please consider joining us for our end-of-the-season Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. We'll be having a costume contest, rock painting, and other fun activities.
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tara L
Saucier, MS17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Wow! What a great experience we had! Each of us walked in with $10 in hand, got two buckets of dirt each, and sat for 4 hours without realizing it! We found things that excited the proprietors! Garnets, sapphires, rubies, small emeralds, and many other unique stones! After we were done, they identified the stones and bagged and labeled them. We followed their suggestions and it paid off! The set up kept us neat and clean except our hands and forearms and allowed comfortable seating. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will stop in again!
Written June 26, 2020
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