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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
+1 828-349-2941
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Unsalted but Small specimens

This mine is near Cherokee and Franklin, NC. Long into their website for direction info- it's the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linstrvlgems
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Pennsylvania
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Family Fun

Today we spent our day at Cherokee Ruby Mine. What a great time. Matt and Lisa walked us through... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ScottGeiger
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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 4 days ago via mobile

This mine is near Cherokee and Franklin, NC. Long into their website for direction info- it's the most accurate. $25 gets 2 buckets of material and you can sit at a trough with running water to wash out the dirt and sediment. I was told...More

Thank Linstrvlgems
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today we spent our day at Cherokee Ruby Mine. What a great time. Matt and Lisa walked us through everything we needed to know and were there whenever we had questions. My eldest son found a nice ruby and all of us had a small...More

Thank ScottGeiger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I visited the mine last year and enjoyed it so much we came back this year. My brother joined us this trip and enjoyed it too. We went two days, got there early each time, the weather was perfect. We found some...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a beautiful day. The staff was so helpful and friendly. I had never been and didn't know a lot about what I was looking for. The staff checked everything for me before discarding it. We had a great time and will definitely...More

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

Thank you for your review! We are very happy to hear that our efforts to make Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine a friendly, welcoming and educational destination are successful! While success cannot be assured, we do our best to ensure that your gems go home...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time at Cherokee Mine - Matt and Lisa were super helpful and taught us a lot about the gems that are to be found in the area as well as geology in general. We had a bit of rain, but we...More

1  Thank Daniel K
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! And thank you for your service! You bring up an important point: Be prepared for varying weather in the mountains! Anyone can mine in good weather - you showed perseverance, and if you can mine under adverse conditions, you will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wanted to get away from the tourist " salted" mines and the Cherokee was it. The owners went way out of their way to help us "newbie " rockhounds. I found areally nice Sillimanite to have cut. My wife made off with some awaome garnets...More

2  Thank spudzone68
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! And thank you for your repeat trip - we can tell when people are "sucked in" when they do back-to-back trips! We are very glad that our efforts were helpful to both of you, and we are quite serious with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've lived near Franklin, NC for over a decade and didn't realize its rich gem history until I started researching things to do with a visiting geologist friend. It was then that I came across this jewel of a mine noted to be one of...More

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

Thank you for your review! We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at Cherokee Mine, and part of that is to make them comfortable with working with and identifying gems, through information and demonstration of mining techniques. We are happy to hear you had...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fun and relaxing day at the Cherokee Mine on Saturday. The staff were very helpful and informative. Matt gives a lot of information as you're getting started in the sluicing of their native dirt, which is waiting for you in buckets. You'll...More

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

Thank you for your review! We try very hard to provide miners with all the information they need to have a productive day of mining, and we are disappointed to hear you did not find any sapphires or rubies, but that is what may happen...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The owners were very educational and helpful in teaching us how and what to look for. They were very thoughtful and gave great information of the different gems/minerals to look for. If you have never been mining before or want a placee that is terrific...More

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

Thank you for your review! We work very hard to make the mining experience both fun AND educational! We want miners to have the best possible information and techniques, and try to keep it interesting with a bit of comedy - all this and a...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

I came up to Cowee Vally nearly 50 years ago to mine for Rubys.and gemstones and it was very rustic. You paid a small fee and given a shovel and a bucket and were pointed to a muddy hillside and that was it. Cherokee Ruby...More

2  Thank kmh3212
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for your review! We are very glad to hear that you approve of the changes that have occurred from fifty years ago! While we are not responsible for all of the improvements over the years, we have added the gem presentations and information...More

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Pam Z
We will be traveling in the area pulling a trailer, will the parking area accommodate a truck and a trailer?
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
How much per person is the admission. And what other costs are there if any?
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
How likely is it to find gemstones for a wedding band? I am from the Midwest and am looking to plan a trip, it's important to me that I find one but I also want to dig up my own. How long do you think that would take?
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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