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Address: Barton Mines Road, North River, NY 12856
Phone Number:
+1 518-251-2706

Outstanding site for collecting unusually large garnets. Staff is...

Outstanding site for collecting unusually large garnets. Staff is extremely friendly and flexible, and rates are reasonable. Even the locals didn't seem to know about this place, and it offers a fantastic alternative to skiing, which seems to be the predominant attraction in the area.

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while staying in indian lake, ny we traveled to see the garnet mine - it was different as it was more like a quarry - pit mining thn cave mining - the best part was the... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2016
Buffalo, New York
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Schenectady, New York
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We made the trip on a whim as we were road tripping for the afternoon and didn't realize we missed the last tour of the day; the girl was very sweet and gave us passes to come back! So we did (and planned it better the 2nd time). Store has lots of garnet products to shop for; I picked up... More 

1 Thank travelheather2016
Rutland, Vermont
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We took our kids to this place and were disappointed. Once you arrive, you buy your passes. Then you wait and are lead down to the mine. A guide gives a 5-8 minute explanation of past mine operation. Then you use pain and sieves to 'mine' for garnet. Their really nothing worth finding. All the pieces are so small their... More 

2 Thank lmsaeb
Buffalo, New York
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81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

while staying in indian lake, ny we traveled to see the garnet mine - it was different as it was more like a quarry - pit mining thn cave mining - the best part was the experience of looking for real garnets to take home which we did fine many little ones - it is a pretty place - BUT... More 

1 Thank karenconnie68
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Getting there is half the fun !! A lovely mountain road with lots of scenery (we were there in summer!) Enthusiastic young guides full of knowledge and history. Time to amble and explore.

1 Thank LYNVET
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Don't be turned off by the long drive up the mountain, this place has Garnets-- and lots of them! There are plenty of little Garnets all over the ground, mixed in with some pieces of Quartz, Mika, and (of course) Granite. A fun and unique thing to do for all ages.

Thank Carly L
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is a small area which is just covered with millions of small pieces of garnet from one to four millimeters in size. It's everywhere, which is rather remarkable. But don't expect to find a big nugget in this picked-over area. Fun to say you did it but not a big thrill. But one admission will last you the whole... More 

1 Thank Eric E
South Bend, Indiana
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149 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We did the tour and gift shop. The tour consists of a 5 minute talk on the company history, uses of garnet etc. The material up for collection is all garnet chips that can be found on the ground. No digging necessary. As rockhounds that have garnet hunted in St. Mary's in Idaho this was not what we had in... More 

2 Thank Danielle W
Wevertown, New York
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80 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

We had folks visiting from California......and ignoring the reviews they really looked forward to seeing a real mine. Well, don't be looking for little carts going into a mine a la The Seven Dwarfs. Keep your sense of humor because you're in for a big joke. No tunnels, no mine, no carts ..........just a couple of relatively shallow pits that... More 

1 Thank Chipper A
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,303 reviews
688 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 572 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

I pulled in and apparently the tour had just left, a young kid came out of the gift shop came out and let me know that I could go on up and join the tour and then pay when I returned, but honestly the idea of paying money, spending an hour looking at a hole in the ground and hear... More 

2 Thank TryppAdams
Schenectady, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015

My family was looking forward to this trip. They were greatly disappointed when we got there and the "tour guide" played with his phone and provided no assistance or information about the mines. The materials used to collect were either broken or not enough for the tour. The forty five minute mining trip was barely enough time to get started... More 

2 Thank Eileen R

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