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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

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Address: 6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
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+1 828-369-5271
Fee: Yes

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Great time

We had a lot of fun here. Found some nice gems and my neice acutally found one that was big enough to get cut and mounted.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Robin C
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a lot of fun here. Found some nice gems and my neice acutally found one that was big enough to get cut and mounted.

Thank Robin C
Davenport, Iowa
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16 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We were visiting Franklin,NC the end of Feb. So the gift shop and sluice area weren't open yet. However one of the owners did offer to sell us buckets of dirt with gems in them which I thought was very kind.

Thank motogirl33
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

What an amazing experience!!! Great friendly environment. We enjoyed mining and the staff present to help! A memory we will never forget! I would highly highly recommend going here!!!

Thank Annah-Lauren H
Albany, New York
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Paid $45 for three buckets of sand with some stones thrown in. The kids (3 of them) went through the buckets in 20 minutes. Then you go inside to see the "assayer". This is when the game really begins. They tell you what stones you found and try to convince you make some jewelry out of them. Don't do this!!... More 

3 Thank Chekcola
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18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Able to search for Gems. Then what you find they will evaluate what can be cut and polished for jewlery. Gems also available to purchased in gift shop. There staff friendly and helpful. Can get native stones and then they have gems from other areas. You can get salted bags so your sure to get something.

Thank Diane G
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We visited it on Sunday so there wasn't many people. We enjoyed the time searching for the stones, talking to the staff who could tell us about the stones we found. Take at least super bucket-more fun 😊

Thank Paula S
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4 reviews
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We found ruby and other local stones. We took our grandson he had a great time, his bucket had the most rubies.

Thank Susan D
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277 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We bought the Big Bot barrel and had a great time. We came away with several bags of cool stones. We also are having some cut into gems and set into jewelry. We highly recommend this place over some of the more touristy mines.

Thank Brackjr
Boca Raton, Florida
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339 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This is one of the nicest mine in Franklin mine area. You buy dirt and use their equipment to get all kind of the stones. Remind me of my early days of my life. Water, dirt and something to find in it. Good place for kids, but looked like adult enjoyed its more.

Thank VSPE
Norfolk, Virginia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I went with a group of about 10 people. We all started with $15 buckets (which contains four large plastic bags of sand and dirt.) The sluice is under a roof so we had some shade (a good thing because it was **hot in the sun that day!) You dump about half a bag into your sluice box and let... More 

Thank Barbara Z

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