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“Turn on the fun rain or shine!”

Jackson Hole Gem Mine
Ranked #7 of 26 things to do in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built in 1952. We are located exactly 9 miles from beautiful downtown Highlands, and 9 miles from downtown Franklin. We are 1/3 of a mile from the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls (means "sweetwater" in Cherokee). Also, 5 miles from Dry Falls (seen in The Last of the Mohicans). Our guests can browse our huge rock shop and gift store, or eat hot boiled peanuts on our front porch overlooking the beautiful Cullasaja River. Our gem mine is all weather fun for the whole family. Macon County is considered the "Gem Capital of the World" for a reason! Come and buy a bucket to sift! Small Buckets are $10 each, and one per person. Ultimate Buckets are $30 each or 2 for $50. These buckets are big and can be shared! We also have a $100 Bucket Club. This bucket is great for families. With this, you receive a $45 free cut of a gemstone that you find! Chuck is a master lapidary and we can help you choose what would be the best thing in your find to cut! We are handicapped accessible and very kid/pet friendly.
Reviewed September 15, 2012

This covered gem panning spot is just a short drive from Highlands. If you are waterfall hunting it is located just one third a mile above the Cullasaja Falls on Hwy. 28 & US 64, halfway between Franklin and Highlands. The owners Chuck and Jane Green are friendly folks too making sure you are having a good time when you visit. There is no admission fee and you can sit at the sluice and buy your buckets from ten dollars and up to pan the material that contains both native and enriched gemstones. You can also count on spending lots of time browsing the store next to the panning area. Enjoy the rocking chairs on the front porch. If you're hungry grab a snack and a drink and prepare to relax. All the equipment you need is supplied and the staff helps you identify your finds! My wife ended up getting a pendent made out of a citrine she found and had cut! The Jackson Hole Gem Mine is open 10am to 4pm from May 1 to November 1.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stopped at Jackson Hole Gem Mine as we were returning home. It wasn't our type place, gem mining and such. But seemed to be enjoyed by others there.

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Reviewed September 1, 2012

My husband and I were very surprised at how much fun panning for gems was. We thought it might be corny for just the two of us to gem mine but are so glad we went! We purchased 2 buckets for $50 and had a competition on who could find more gems. We were there for about an hour and found tons of emeralds and amethysts, a few rubies, one sapphire, and a whole bunch of other stones. The panning area is covered, lighted and offered plenty of seating. We went on a Monday morning and were the only ones there.

Jackson Hole offers specials on cuttings and settings, and even offers mail-order service so you can mail your stones in for cutting whenever you choose. We were staying in Highlands and couldn't find another gem shop that cut stones, so Jackson Hole might be the closest option for cutting if you're planning on cutting while on holiday.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Was worried my teen and pre-teen were too old for gem mining, but what a fun activity! Staff was very friendly and helpful too. Identified our finds and made sure we didn't throw anything important away. Found rubies, sapphires, garnets, amethysts, emeralds, and more. Shared just one $30 bucket, plenty for 2.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Fun activity for the whole family! Located near Dry Falls & Bridal Falls. The folks here are really nice, helpful and very knowledgeable about the gems you find. Purchased two $30 buckets for $50. This was plenty for three of us. We found many gems of all sizes. Several were perfect for cutting. My husband was lucky to find a 4 carat Aqua Marine!
My neice found a large Topaz which she had cut and set into a sterling silver necklace. They do a beautiful job!

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