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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

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Address: 6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
Phone Number: (828) 369-5271
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Rubies

We found ruby and other local stones. We took our grandson he had a great time, his bucket had the most rubies.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Susan D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We found ruby and other local stones. We took our grandson he had a great time, his bucket had the most rubies.

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Thank Susan D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We bought the Big Bot barrel and had a great time. We came away with several bags of cool stones. We also are having some cut into gems and set into jewelry. We highly recommend this place over some of the more touristy mines.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the nicest mine in Franklin mine area. You buy dirt and use their equipment to get all kind of the stones. Remind me of my early days of my life. Water, dirt and something to find in it. Good place for kids, but looked like adult enjoyed its more.

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Thank VSPE
Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I went with a group of about 10 people. We all started with $15 buckets (which contains four large plastic bags of sand and dirt.) The sluice is under a roof so we had some shade (a good thing because it was **hot in the sun that day!) You dump about half a bag into your sluice box and let... More 

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Thank Barbara Z
Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

My wife and I stopped by two days in a row. We had a blast and found lots of cool gemstones. We will definitely come here again.

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Thank JHawke2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Rich and I returned to Franklin for a third vacation of gem mining. We had every intention of hitting the 2 mines we had visited in prior years. We arrived in town late and hit one of those mines and "did some buckets". Back at the motel we ran into a gal who'd spent two weeks in town mining. She... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

This is our favorite place to go to mine. Always a fun time and the owners are always friendly. If you want to dig your own dirt - this isn't the place for you but for good times and lots of gorgeous stones - this is it!

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Thank Tracie C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Arrived here at 5:15 pm when it closed at 6. We each got a super bucket, which was LOADED with fun (big) rocks for the kids. I don't feel like the helper there, Robert, was as gregarious as the helpers at other mines we visited. The owner even came out and sat to have a smoke and overheard us ask... More 

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Thank Alex D
Canton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

I have wanted to visit a mine for several years after hearing stories from friends that had. Cowee was recommended by another mine actually due to us traveling in a motorhome because of their easy access from the highway. My husband, daughter, & her friend (14&13) teased me about wanting to do this but all ended up having a great... More 

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Thank AmandaV3015
Woodleaf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I found huge gems and found the staff very knowledgeable. The young staff member knew his gems and was very helpful.

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Thank Phil H

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