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Tom and Ginger Johnson own and operate the mine and shop. The mine has grown over the years to provide you with the best environment for all your rockhounding needs. We offer full access for the handicap to enjoy all the fun as well. Check in at the...more
We loved this place. The owners and their son were very helpful identifying what stones we found and were happy to help! They give you a 5 gallon bucket. We had 8 people all use the same bucket, as we had some young kids in...More
Our third time here. Great friendly staff and willing to help and answer your questions. Our third time here and will make this an annual trip. We have found many gemstones in our digging from their “unsalted” dirt pile. Be certain to wear old clothes...More
Spent the day mining with my Uncle, who had been mining in the Franklin area a few times a year for about 50 years. He's been visiting Mason Mountain Mine exclusively for the last 20.
Impossible to overstate the experience here. The owner greeted us...More
My wife and I stopped off to get our hands dirty and were treated to our best gem mine experience yet. The staff was “hands on” and helped identify our newly found treasures. I highly recommend this place for a nice time discovering the gems!
People were Friendly, Prices were reasonable, had a great time. Unfortunately, in early March opening times may vary. web site said opened at 9am didn't open until 1pm, so we didn't get to do the dig your own. Will go back and try the did...More
This place is great! The openers are great and it is a real mine with real gems coming out of it! Don't go anywhere else - dig in the native dirt pile - brought down from the mine daily - and watch the amazingness that...More
We went to several local mines on this trip. We stopped at the Cowee Gift Shop and spoke with Ginger, one of the owners. She was very helpful and friendly. We told her of our other disappointing experiences and she politely and professionally suggested that...More
The rhodolite is worth going for but the rubies and sapphires are not native. They are added to the pile. The rhodolite is rough and the ruby and sapphire are water worn.
If all was native, they all would be water worn or rough and...More
We made our way to the mine and had a great time. We have two daughters 10 & 14 and they had a great time. We took dirt from the native pile and found a lot of garnets, some rubies and sapphires. A woman next...More
Response from texdawg89 | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes but there is some slight incline and there are no provisions for getting up close to the "trough" where the water runs to sift through the dirt to find stones. However, the owners are Christians and very... More
I would say yes but there is some slight incline and there are no provisions for getting up close to the "trough" where the water runs to sift through the dirt to find stones. However, the owners are Christians and very friendly, I'm sure arrangements could be made.
If I'm not mistaken, salted means there are stones added to the dirt to guarantee finding something.
Unsalted means nothing was added, so you'll only find what nature put in that particular pile of dirt.