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“Gem mining”

Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine
Ranked #8 of 39 things to do in Franklin
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We have enjoyed gem mining for years. Now our grandchildren are also enjoying this activity. Cowee Ruby Mine is our favorite place to mine.
Those of you who have never tried this activity, it is very relaxing and lots of fun to see what gems you can find .
As the say goes, try it, you might like it

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Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Last mine for the day and decided to choose "salted" buckets. Still was a lot of fun searching for the stones. The staff, sorry didn't get his name,was a hoot. He made the time even more fun. He was great with kids.

1  Thank kmlake71980
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

The gentleman who works at the mine is a part of the experience. You will have a great time. He is really good with kids. And the value of their buckets is comparable to any of the other mines. You get a cut stone in them, which was one of the reasons we have gone there more than once.

1  Thank Dave R
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

This afternoon, we visited Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine as a family group, ages 4 to 70. We had also "mined" there last summer, and the kids specifically asked to go back to this mine because they had so much fun last year. John, who runs the flume, is terrific with kids and had them laughing the entire time. There is no entry fee; you just pay for the buckets you want. We bought a selection of buckets (from $15 to $50) and were thrilled at the variety of stones we found. We came away with a large number of "cuttable" stones and had a wonderful time! The staff in the lapidary shop is also very friendly and helpful.

We love to gem mine and have visited a number of mines throughout North Carolina. Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine is definitely one of the best, especially for families. I highly recommend it!

4  Thank cmpvb
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

The staff is the one big part of this experience, from the gentleman that sets you up and helps you find keepers, to the more then helpful family run gift shop. These folks were as excited about our finds as we were. When your finished they'll separate your big $ finds from your bag of beautiful gems. No joke we had the time of our lives doing the hardest part, it would not have mattered if our $50 bucket didn't equal $10 it was two hours of pure excitement ! Three of us shared that bucket which produced a dozen Ruby's , a five carrot emerald, and lots more. This was our first time, we had no idea what we really had till we hit the gift shop. These people truly enjoy there business/customers and it shows!!! You won't be disappointed, fun for all ages. Your kid might even forget about ther i-Phone and FB for a few hours and be real people doing real things in the most beautiful part of this country. I live 1,160 miles from Cowee's and will be back ASAP, .............. : ) And they take VISA

5  Thank Brooks W
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