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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

U.S 441n, Cherokee, NC
+1 828-497-6574
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NOT AS GOOD AS IT USED TO BE

We used to take our kids here and now brought our grandson. I wanted two bags for $12 and had a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ShariTn
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TN
Fun time

This is something I had never done before, so we stopped here and paid $10 for a whole bucket of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jake D
,
United States
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible14%
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“gem mining” (10 reviews)
“gallon bucket” (3 reviews)
“gems cut” (2 reviews)
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U.S 441n, Cherokee, NC
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+1 828-497-6574
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"great fun"
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"all ages"
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"pigeon forge"
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"staff was very friendly"
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"rubies"
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"stone"
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"mines"
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"jewelry"
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"sifting"
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"quarry"
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"minerals"
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"blast"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We used to take our kids here and now brought our grandson. I wanted two bags for $12 and had a coupon. The man taking the money got angry with me because I had a screenshot of a discount coupon. He said he didn't know...More

Thank ShariTn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is something I had never done before, so we stopped here and paid $10 for a whole bucket of dirt to pan for the gold. We didn’t strike big gold, but got some pretty stones out of it.

Thank Jake D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Before we went on vacation, we researched and this gem mining spot popped up. It sounded what we were looking for and it was a very good time when we were there. We were helped in a friendly manner, and found some pretty nice things....More

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Do not visit this place. I fell on the uneven sidewalk that they admitted was a problem in the past and now have supposedly fixed it. Isn't that admitting the fault? I now have a rotator cufff injury and they are refusing to pay my...More

3  Thank dgilbe82
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Seeing other terrible reviews now I don’t feel so bad. Both of the gentlemen who were working that day were super rude, seemed frustrated we even showed up which was really annoying because I didn’t even want to be there, we drove a very long...More

3  Thank Halieee95
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful time! We panned for over an hour and had a blast! We were instructed on what to look for and assisted with any questions we had. The staff was friendly and courteous! Made some great memories 😀

1  Thank Paula P
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is where to get down and dirty to pan for gems. My kiddo is a rock hound and she had an absolutely fantastic time.

Thank kmgIL
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

What a fun spot to enjoy the rocks and gems which are found in this area. We brought a kit home for our grandson for his birthday and he has had great fun panning for his rubies and sapphires....Be prepared to dig in, get your...More

Thank Gran7
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Nice little thing to do on you day of sightseeing. Panning for rubies was entertaining, Although you do get your hands a little muddy it is worth it. There is a gem expert on site that will go though you finds and let you know...More

2  Thank joannz9
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Stopped in here to looks for gems. They showed us what to do and we got busy. I ended up with two bags of rocks, rubies and sapphires. Had a pair of earrings made from both and they are gorgeous. Linda and Robin were so...More

Thank Bchcomber49
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TripMomof1
30 March 2018|
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Response from Gran7 | Reviewed this property |
Also you can make this any length adventure you want!
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nancee1115
30 July 2017|
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Response from Dusty W | Reviewed this property |
No. Just a lot of dirt!
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