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It’s good to go through salted buckets of dirt

Went there and bought a $100 bucket to go through. It was good for salted dirt. The staff is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Not Just for the Kids

I have been here twice now. I like the convenient location, it is right on the way to Cherokee and... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
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“gift shop”(8 reviews)
“gem mining”(9 reviews)
“lots of fun”(5 reviews)
6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there and bought a $100 bucket to go through. It was good for salted dirt. The staff is friendly and the location is easy to get to right off the highway. For beginners and children it is perfect. They will help you identify your...More

Thank JohnF5468
Reviewed 3 July 2018

I have been here twice now. I like the convenient location, it is right on the way to Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains. The second time I went I had a ring made from a garnet that I found. I would like to point out...More

1  Thank C9997BHnancyg
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Our original plan was rained out. My husband reluctantly agreed to go to another gem mine. Although only ten minutes away and easy to get to, the entrance came up too quickly for us to react and we had to retrace our steps. It wasn't...More

Thank marfita
Reviewed 8 April 2018

I never understood why people would want to dig through a bucket of dirt to look for rocks and had not previously entertained the idea of doing it myself. But, based on reviews, we decided to take our grandsons “mining” and chose Cowee Mountain Ruby...More

Thank stmary93
Reviewed 30 March 2018

My husband and I always look for interesting things to do for our anniversary in March. This year, we went gem mining! Well, maybe we didn't exactly mine but we did dig buckets of dirt and sluiced them and found many treasures. It was a...More

2  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 2 November 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this mine and in fact went back 2-3 times during my stay in Franklin. It was convenient to get to (on Sylva Rd.), staffed by a very competent and nice lady at the sluice...and most importantly, I found great...More

1  Thank Connie L
Reviewed 5 October 2017

It is a way of spending some time with childs doing something like washing of sand and looking for gemes. You can also buy some souvenirs, but they can be from far away (at the worst from china). Just have a look (buy something, if...More

1  Thank juangarpo
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We had such a great time. We got 1 bucket of gems and one of minerals. It was such much find our treasures. John was the best...he told stories and funny jokes, was informative on our finds, and was a super nice guy! He made...More

Thank Henri A
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We had originally tried to go to Rose mine only to find it was closed on Sunday and then we came to this one. We had a nice lady Judy helping us identify our gems. We got alot of gems that we found. We all...More

Thank Crystal R
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Our large family of 11 arrived and saw all the signs for the types of salted buckets and their cost right away, so it didn't take long to get all of us seated and started. The woman behind the mine was quick and informative on...More

Thank Autumn L
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