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Address: 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Off Hwy 294, Then River Hill Rd at WagonMaster Ranch, Murphy, NC 28906-8418
Phone Number: +1 828-494-9521
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Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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NO ADMISSION FEE. PET FRIENDLY. You only pay for what YOU want to do. Our...

NO ADMISSION FEE. PET FRIENDLY. You only pay for what YOU want to do. Our gem mine is located at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch. Drive out to the country for a fun day gem mining or gold panning with ore from an active gold mine for the REAL panning experience and free instruction. Our gem mine bags are customized for kids or adults, novices or rock hounds. Gems are from around the world and we have special treasure, fossil, and a variety of gem bags for every age. Have the gem mining experience here or get a bag and sifter to-go. Check our website for on-line ordering. Skeet & Pistol Ranges, Fun Park, Cabins & Camping are also on site. Our covered flume has lighting, heaters,& fans so you can gem mine rain or shine - cold or hot. Free playground & shady picnic areas. We are open from March - Thanksgiving Week. Free picnic areas. Look for WagonMaster Ranch signs.

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Loved this little place!

We brought our 13 and 17 year old here and really enjoyed it. They did gem mining, paint balls and our favorite mini golf. The lady at the desk and our helper Joseph were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2016
Andrea C
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Sebastian, Florida
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Sebastian, Florida
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We brought our 13 and 17 year old here and really enjoyed it. They did gem mining, paint balls and our favorite mini golf. The lady at the desk and our helper Joseph were extremely nice. It was a nice change of pace from your busy, hot, expensive theme park. Thank you guys for making our day so pleasant!

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1 Thank Andrea C
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the VERY nice review. We appreciate you taking the extra time to let others know about your experience. And I appreciate the compliments to our staff. We hope to see you again! Debbie Rodby More 

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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

The entire family had a great time here. The kids found a bunch of different gems and can't stop talking about their visit. The staff their was so friendly.

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1 Thank Tyler Y
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

THANK YOU Tyler Y for the super review. It is so important for others to hear 1st hand from our guests about their time here. And I appreciate your compliments about our staff. We really try to keep customer service our #1 focus to assure everyone has fun. Safe travels! Debbie Rodby More 

South Florida, Florida
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

It took us a while to get here and be prepared for no cell service in the area. Luckily, the map app was still working and we got there. When we pulled up, we were the only ones there and we all thought it didn't look very fun. We were wrong! The kids had so much fun gem mining and... More 

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1 Thank Live_Love_Beach
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for the great review! We are out in the country and have a rustic decor, so I'm glad you came out and enjoyed the day. I appreciate your compliments about Jennifer. I am very blessed with great help who sincerely want to assure everyone has fun. I hope you will come... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly family business. We did some gem grubbing and had a blast. I bought a couple things from their nice gift shop as well.

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Thank CarlaGoodwin
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you SO much for taking the time to write a nice review for us. We are very glad you had a great time and thank you for mentioning our gift shop. Come back and see us and safe travels! Debbie Rodby More 

Ormond Beach, Florida
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

They made Gem mining quite an adventure for an 8 year old! Reasonably priced. Very rustic outside establishment. You can purchase bags that are guaranteed to find some nice gems... Important when traveling with an autistic child. They also have ways to make a beautiful necklace for child to bring home as gift for mom! Playground equipment needs to be... More 

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you, Donna, for your nice and detailed review. We love bringing smiles to all our guests, and especially treasure the opportunity to have our autistic guests enjoy their experience here. Actually, their is a cafe 3 1/2 miles from here at Fields of the Wood, that we highly recommend when people ask about close-by eating places. And there's a... More 

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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

This was the first time visiting this place for me. It is a drive to get to it and you feel initially like you are getting lost but the drive is beautiful. I found it to be very fun. We went in November and there was literally noone but my family there so we were able to have a lot... More 

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Thank Jennifer N
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such kind words about your visit. We really appreciate guests like you who take the time to support us and share your experience with others. We hope you can come again when the weather is nice like it is now, and everything is beginning to bloom. We are out in the country, so I'm glad... More 

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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

We got the gem and treasure bag for an 8 year old that loves finding rocks of any kind, and for a 14 year old. Both girls had fun finding their treasures. We also took a wagon ride, and while it was only a short trip, the $11 for the family, and the view at the top made it so... More 

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

So glad ya'll had a good time. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and to compliment our staff. That was so nice of you to do. We meet the nicest people, and we love it when you enjoy the day. Debbie Rodby More 

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Our 6 year old daughter really enjoyed gem mining at the salty dog! She was so excited to see what kind of rocks and treasures emerged from the dirt, and she hasn't stopped playing with them all since she got them. Salty dog offers different types of bags for different kinds of collectors, we did the girls gem and treasure... More 

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Thank banddfl
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

I don't know how I missed seeing your review earlier, so I apologize for the delay in responding. WOW! THANK YOU for that amazing review and for all the information you shared. I LOVE watching the little ones get so excited about the gems and treasures. It's really fun for us to share the experience with them. We look forward... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The drive to the mine is very pretty. The entire gem mining experience was great. The staff is SUPER friendly and knowledgeable.

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Thank Packers4me
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you VERY much for your great review. We really appreciate you taking the time to let others know about your visit, and it's always nice to get good feedback. It is very important to us to try to assure our guests have a good time, and we really enjoy meeting people like you. Thank you and God Bless. deb More 

Arlington, Tennessee
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42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I'd read good reviews, but was not impressed. Would not recommend or return. Prices for "gem mining" were high for time and "gems" gained.

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Thank Teri_S1234
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your opinion about our fun park and gem mine. We try to be VERY explicit in our advertising and our comments before anyone purchases our gem bags that we make up the gem bags. It is the experience of the panning and getting gems from all over the world that other guests have enjoyed. We tell... More 

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