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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

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Address: U.S. 441N, Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-497-6574
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Had fun and found neat gems

We went because we were hoping our children would have fun. They are 7 and 8. Turns out that all of us had a good time, including my father in law who is almost 70. It wasn't too... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2016
akbyerly
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Marengo, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

My husband wasnt to keen on going It was something i really wanted to do. He ended up having a blast. We had alot of fun. You can even buy bags to bring home and sort through.. great souvinier ideas.

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Thank Billie R
Eatonton, Georgia, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We wanted to pan for gold but were told that there had not been a replacement shopment of seeded goold sand brought in after the Labor Day Holiday! POOH!! LOL!

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Thank LynnLN
Garrett, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This place has been around for a long time and offers a lot of bang for the buck. My wife actually got a huge midnight sapphire that will make several earrings and necklaces.

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Thank John F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

It's not really a mine. Visitors receive bags of dirt for panning gold and various gemstones. And that's about it. There is a rather interesting shop with some good-quality jewelry, but other than that, there is little to detain even the most casual tourist. There are far better things to do in the Great Smokies, so don't waste your time... More 

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Thank Josh S
Myrtle Beach, Sc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We will do anything I think for fun. Pay for a 2 buckets of dirt and wash them hoping to find a gem. I know sounds stupid but was fun...

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Thank Ken2fortax
Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

The three of us got the $50 5 gal. bucket and had a great time sifting for jewels. Hold onto to all of your rocks because many gems look like nothing but old rock. We found emeralds, amethyst, citrine, garnets and more. For $35 you can have them cut for jewelry.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Went there the staff @ the gem mine outside was a idiots knew nothing about the job they was doing and was rude the black guy was on his cell phone the whole time wouldnever go there again and not recommend it for nobody waste of time

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Thank dlmj1962
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

My family and I had a great time. We found pleanty gems and fossils. The staff was friendly and very helpful.

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Thank Holli B
Marengo, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We went because we were hoping our children would have fun. They are 7 and 8. Turns out that all of us had a good time, including my father in law who is almost 70. It wasn't too expensive, the kids did the gem ore which was $12 for two decent sized bags. They found some pretty stones; sapphire, emerald,... More 

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Thank akbyerly
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We saw a few people who seemed to have a nice collection of stuff from the small bags so we decided to buy one of the $50 buckets for my husband, 8 year old rock hound son & I to share. Before we purchased it I told them that my son was most interested in getting ruby's & emeralds and... More 

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