Given an opportunity, gem mining is a staple of any family vacation. Pigeon Forge Gem Mine is priced at about the average cost of any other mine I have been to. But unlike other “mining” places, these folks give you the opportunity to buy different size buckets. From $15 for a bucket to $1,000 for a 55 gallon drum.
The other thing I like about this “mine,” is they are very friendly and helpful and the kids absolutely LOVE this place. They think they are rich when they find a ruby, or emerald or sapphire. It is great family fun for all ages.