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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
+1 828-349-2941
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Great experience at this mine, and fun people!

This mine provides only buckets of native soil, thus you won't find salted buckets of minerals from... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Connie L
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Saint Louis, Missouri
The best

Stan, Matt and Lisa are great! Started going to Cherokee about two years ago, first time I found a... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Steve G
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

This mine provides only buckets of native soil, thus you won't find salted buckets of minerals from Brazil here! So, if you want the real North Carolina experience, this is it! We had a great time there, taking a break to eat the lunch we...More

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

Thank you for your review! We are all very happy you had an enjoyable experience here at Cherokee Mine! Thank you for pointing out our 100% Unsalted Ore, and also pointing out that lunch is an important part of planning your trip here. Well-prepared miners...More

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Stan, Matt and Lisa are great! Started going to Cherokee about two years ago, first time I found a nice blue sapphire and was hooked. Most recent find was a 16 carat Ruby, but keep in mind it is an unsalted mine so there are...More

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

Thank you for your review! And thank you for being a great miner! To our TripAdvisor readers: Steve is a Cherokee Mine success story. Over the last couple years, Steve has progressed from a neophyte miner to a skilled gem hunter. Through perseverance - and...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

This is a small mine they only take up to 20 people maximum. They have a neat sluice box fed from a river. It costs 25 a person to get in and then you buy your dirt. The dirt is unsalted meaning they don't put...More

1  Thank Jaboy84
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We do limit the attendance, so that we can devote enough time and attention to all of the miners on the sluice. (Minor correction: 25 is the upper limit, but it can at times be lower depending on conditions.) Definitely...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have been to several mines and sluiceing troughs over the years, and this place is the best we've seen! Not only do they have great quality, completely unsalted buckets, but they are also very educational in showing you what you're looking...More

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

Thank you for your review! We work very hard at providing the best possible mining experience we can, and part of that is by providing the most comprehensive information. We have tried to make Cherokee Mine educational as well as fun! We are also happy...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017

This is the best mine I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to quite a few). My husband and I were really happy with the quality of unsalted dirt. After mining all day, we found several different gems (thanks for helping us figure out what...More

Thank skerst1023
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! Lisa and I are always happy to hear of successful outings at Cherokee Mine! If possible, please post photos of your necklace here, so that others may see what a finished piece containing genuine Cowee Valley gems can look like....More

Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

My husband had gone here as a kid, and it was nothing like he remembered. We were disappointed that we were unable to dig our own dirt. The guy was very informative, but it felt kind of like a typical mining tourist trap. Their are...More

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

Thank you for your review! Unfortunately, Time Marches On. Many things are quite different from when we were kids. We do feel that the characterization of Cherokee Mine as "a typical tourist trap" is unfair, as we have worked very hard to keep the Cherokee...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017

My father and I have been visiting gem mines in the Cowee Valley and surrounding area since 1983 or so. We've had good hunting days, and not so good hunting days. We've done dig-your-own. We've done native dirt. And we've done salted (for our kids)....More

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

Thank you for your VERY comprehensive review!!!! Lisa and I can only add that, since the flume is not covered, it is important to check the website for daily updates regarding weather, which may impact mine operations. Thank you again, and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017

The owners are knowledgeable and fun. The material is 'unsalted' or just as it came from the ground behind the sluice. It was a great adventure.More

Thank Dudette537
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review! Thank you for your patience with waiting for our reply as well - connectivity and computer issues have been almost endless. We are very happy to hear you had a great visit, and look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

We had the friendly greeting by 'mom', Matt was very informational, but Lisa could have cared less. Neither of them did a second chance to see if we had missed anything. We went through eight buckets and didn't find a single thing. Eight buckets!!! No...More

1  Thank kahoe59
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for your review! I would like to point out some inconsistencies with your review. First, upon reviewing your Liability Waiver, we found two names listed in your party. This means that your initial admission would entitle each member of your party to two...More

Reviewed 22 August 2017

I had such a great experience my first time at Cherokee, I was excited when I saw that Franklin would be in the total eclipse area and the mine was offering a special place and price for eclipse viewing.They were even providing a pair of...More

1  Thank Diane S
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for your review! Thank you for coming back again and enjoying the Eclipse with us! What a remarkable experience it was!!! Repeat customers are probably the best indication that we are doing something right, and having your affirmative statements further supports that. It...More

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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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