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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
+1 828-349-2941
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Nice Gemstones

The gems here are all native. They are all water worn and not too easy to recognize so you need to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rockdoctor48
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Norfolk, Virginia
Absolutely spectacular

Should be the first stop for anyone looking to hunt for gemstones. Lisa and Matt did an outstanding... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted Mine, located in the heart of the Beautiful Cowee Valley of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gems here are all native. They are all water worn and not too easy to recognize so you need to work this very slowly. The rubies are a nice red and the sapphires were multi colored. Since last year, the ownership has changed hands...More

1  Thank rockdoctor48
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! You make an important point about the need to work diligently and methodically, and to not rush the process. Not all the gems at Cherokee Mine are "waterworn", many are fully angular and intact, but the alluvial deposit does offer...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Should be the first stop for anyone looking to hunt for gemstones. Lisa and Matt did an outstanding job of making sure you knew what you were looking for, and they even checked your gravel a second time to make sure you didn't miss anything....More

4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your kind words, and would say that anything a miner learns at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire mine can be applied to any other mine: learn the attributes of the available gems, become acclimated to the non-gem material in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing time looking for gems. The staff is amazing. Very friendly and helpful. So many places to go mining but this place was above and beyond my expectations.More

4  Thank Mike M
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your kind words and are happy to hear we not only met, but exceeded your expectations! It is a good deal of work for us, but statements like that make all the effort we all put into Cherokee...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited three mines over three days. The people here are Cherokee Ruby Mine were very friendly and extremely informative. Although I have been interested in rocks and rockhounding my whole life, I discovered I don't recognize them as easily as I used to. Out...More

3  Thank cjs52017
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a positive experience at Cherokee Mine! Yes, those gems can be tricky, but we will work with all our miners to maximize their odds of success. Cherokee Mine is one of the few mines left...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

After getting a mini course of what to look for at the entrance, we went to the sluice area and picked out our buckets. Matt gave instructions on how to clean the dirt off the the rocks as well as 2 others presentation of what...More

3  Thank Veronica D
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are very glad to hear you and your family had a successful day! And we also work very hard to make every miner as successful as possible, which includes answering questions, providing comprehensive gem information, and the all-important second...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017

Thanks to Matt, Lisa and Mom we had one of our most enjoyable days of our mini vacation. Just an all around great time that was relaxing and very educational. This was our 3rd trip to NC mountains. We have toured the Biltmore at Christmas,...More

3  Thank Eliminatetsa
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you had a great trip, and also we able to take advantage of some of the other wonderful experiences the Smoky Mountains have to offer. we are very happy that you are already planning to return...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

I was expecting to give my kids and wife something interesting and different to do on a vacation day. Something to hold the kid's attention for a few hours, with the added bonus of having nothing to do with video games. What I received, was...More

3  Thank oldkyhome
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you very much for your review! Thank you for your extremely kind words as well - it is reaction like this that makes all the effort we put in extremely gratifying. And when we have miners who are willing and enthusiastic participants, even if...More

Reviewed 1 July 2017

Lisa and Matt are the best Rockologists I have ever met. They are constantly offering to help you with gem identification and they do a great job making sure you dont miss any gems. I never thought I would ever do mining in my lifetime,...More

2  Thank Bobby R
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review! We want every miner at Cherokee Mine to have a successful, educational, and FUN day, which is why we work closely with our miners. Thank you also for pointing out our commitment to safety - the half-hourly reminders regarding hydration/sun...More

Reviewed 1 July 2017

The staff is very professional. The instructions were very clear. As a first time miner, I found it very enjoyable and interesting.I highly recommend a visit to Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire mine. A great spot for children who can focus for long periods of time.More

1  Thank Lynda L
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review! We have developed our mining program so that even first-time miners can have a successful day. This activity can be a bit daunting to those who have not done it before, and we want the day to be successful, not...More

Reviewed 30 June 2017

Great morning with the kids sifting through buckets of dirt under the expert tutelage of Matt and Lisa. Really well run, educational and fun, and we found some good stones. Can't wait to go back.

1  Thank Daniel S
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review! thank you also for your kind words - we try very hard to make the Cherokee Mine experience a memorable and successful one, and we can't wait to see you back on the sluice! Matt

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Pam Z
17 March 2017|
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Response from Terry G | Reviewed this property |
How long is the trailer? The road to and from the Mine is paved but a little narrow, once you turn off the main road. To get to the main parking lot you have to negotiated a left hand turn off this road. I agree a 20 foot... More
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ladyhawk98
14 January 2017|
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Response from ProudMom69 | Reviewed this property |
We went last year and it was $30.00 for two buckets then they got a little cheaper. We found some beautiful stones that we had cut at cowee lapidary down the road. We also found a couple large pieces of rutile and had 2... More
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Samuel S
21 December 2016|
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Response from TJ H | Reviewed this property |
it is an unsalted mine so the potential is there to find what your looking for unless it's a diamond. Rubies and Sapphires are pretty abundant.
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