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I always stop at the old town gem mine. They are very knowledgeable and friendly. Its a great way... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2016
sandra c
Madison, Tennessee
Well worth the experience! Our twin daughters loved it!

Well worth the walk, located across from the "Ober Gatlinburg" tram ride. Took our twin daughters... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2018
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644 Parkway Ste 3, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3249
+1 865-325-1081
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Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Well worth the walk, located across from the "Ober Gatlinburg" tram ride. Took our twin daughters and they loved the experience. Jon and David were excellent at explain the process and also explained what the girls found. Well worth the time and a great experience!

Thank Whyteowle
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

We always stay right by this place but have never walked inside for years until recently. My kids loved it and got several really nice large stones. The people working there were very friendly and took time to tell you about each stone like they...More

Thank Sublimebrad
Reviewed June 11, 2017

this was really fun you pick the size of bucket you want the after you find all your treasures they will sit you down and show what each gem is that you found

3  Thank kevinrickman
Reviewed May 31, 2017

My wife and I were in Gatlinburg for our 33d anniversary, and it was a hoot to sluice for gems. We did have a couple sets of earrings made, one in green tourmaline, one in smoky quartz. They did take over two months to arrive,...More

1  Thank waless2017
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

This is a fun activity. You choose the size of your bucket of sand/gemstones and start sifting. When finished, your gems are sorted and you are shown what each one is. Then, if you choose, you can have one or more that is large enough...More

Thank Arlene F
Reviewed October 21, 2016

We stopped in while we were in Gatlinburg. Such a great time! We really enjoyed panning for the gems. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wonderful family activity.

Thank lburkovich
Reviewed July 28, 2016

I always stop at the old town gem mine. They are very knowledgeable and friendly. Its a great way to relax and get some nice gems and stones. This last time I got alot of big gems a couple of garnets, a ruby and saphire...More

1  Thank sandra c
Reviewed April 1, 2016

My son LOVES gem mining anytime we are in the Smokey mountains. I have tried a few other places but nothing ever compares to here! Worth the money for a little fun! Add to your list of must dos!

1  Thank Christa M
Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

So sad, it was one of our musts on our Gatlinburg trips. There is another Gem Mine on other end of town across from Ober Gatlinburg Tram. It was a blast as well!

4  Thank Renae S
Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My first experience about 1 year ago was great. I took my son in twice over our trip to Gatlinburg. The man who I assume is the owner (because he asked me if I needed a job )told my son about all gems he'd found....More

1  Thank cbmiller4
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Beverly K
March 28, 2017|
Response from Sublimebrad | Reviewed this property |
Each type of stone has a set price cut per karat. $80-200 I think depending on what it is. They can help you select which ones are good to cut. We didn’t cut any but I might bring gone back to make a Mother’s Day gift from... More