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Oh the gems!!

This place is amazing! I was looking for gem mine’s that would be open and mid November and this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Monroe, Georgia
via mobile
A Gem in the Smokies

Took my 5 year old niece here for the first time gem mining. The staff were very pleasant and... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Samantha C
Sylva, North Carolina
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6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing! I was looking for gem mine’s that would be open and mid November and this was the only place. The prices are very reasonable, the experience was awesome and the staff is very nice! We got the ruby & sapphire bucket,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Took my 5 year old niece here for the first time gem mining. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. She would ask a question when she would find "treasure" and the man tending to the flumes would explain to her what it was and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Samantha C
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Went there and bought a $100 bucket to go through. It was good for salted dirt. The staff is friendly and the location is easy to get to right off the highway. For beginners and children it is perfect. They will help you identify your...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JohnF5468
Reviewed July 3, 2018

I have been here twice now. I like the convenient location, it is right on the way to Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains. The second time I went I had a ring made from a garnet that I found. I would like to point out...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank C9997BHnancyg
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank marfita
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank stmary93
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

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Karen S
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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank 379conniel
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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank juangarpo
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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Henri A
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