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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
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Rain or Shine!

Our original plan was rained out. My husband reluctantly agreed to go to another gem mine. Although... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2018
marfita
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Greenwood, South Carolina
Family fun!

I never understood why people would want to dig through a bucket of dirt to look for rocks and had... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2018
stmary93
,
Jacksonville, Florida
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“gift shop” (8 reviews)
“gem mining” (9 reviews)
“lots of fun” (5 reviews)
LOCATION
6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
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+1 828-369-5271
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"lots of fun"
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"nice lady"
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"take home"
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"gem mine"
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"salted buckets"
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"sluice area"
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"jewelry"
in 8 reviews
"citrine"
in 5 reviews
"finds"
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Our original plan was rained out. My husband reluctantly agreed to go to another gem mine. Although only ten minutes away and easy to get to, the entrance came up too quickly for us to react and we had to retrace our steps. It wasn't...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

I never understood why people would want to dig through a bucket of dirt to look for rocks and had not previously entertained the idea of doing it myself. But, based on reviews, we decided to take our grandsons “mining” and chose Cowee Mountain Ruby...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

My husband and I always look for interesting things to do for our anniversary in March. This year, we went gem mining! Well, maybe we didn't exactly mine but we did dig buckets of dirt and sluiced them and found many treasures. It was a...More

1  Thank Karen S
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Reviewed November 2, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this mine and in fact went back 2-3 times during my stay in Franklin. It was convenient to get to (on Sylva Rd.), staffed by a very competent and nice lady at the sluice...and most importantly, I found great...More

1  Thank Connie L
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Reviewed October 4, 2017

It is a way of spending some time with childs doing something like washing of sand and looking for gemes. You can also buy some souvenirs, but they can be from far away (at the worst from china). Just have a look (buy something, if...More

1  Thank juangarpo
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

We had such a great time. We got 1 bucket of gems and one of minerals. It was such much find our treasures. John was the best...he told stories and funny jokes, was informative on our finds, and was a super nice guy! He made...More

Thank Henri A
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

We had originally tried to go to Rose mine only to find it was closed on Sunday and then we came to this one. We had a nice lady Judy helping us identify our gems. We got alot of gems that we found. We all...More

Thank Crystal R
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

Our large family of 11 arrived and saw all the signs for the types of salted buckets and their cost right away, so it didn't take long to get all of us seated and started. The woman behind the mine was quick and informative on...More

Thank Autumn L
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Reviewed July 21, 2017

had a wonderful time with my sisters and niece. the gentleman was very helpful pointing out potential stones that could be polished and cut. Lots of fun for several hours. We did a half a day and that was plenty. All of us left with...More

Thank melody m
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

The Cowee Ruby Mine was terrible for what I purchased which was native buckets. It turns out those buckets included (only) stones that were not local. And going even further, the operator claimed the stones were local (I verified they were not) and would not...More

2  Thank DDruff
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