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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 mine

This is a small mine they only take up to 20 people maximum. They have a neat sluice box fed from a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jaboy84
via mobile
Best one yet!

My wife and I have been to several mines and sluiceing troughs over the years, and this place is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nick M
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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 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

Thank Jaboy84
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

3  Thank warthog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Dudette537
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit was a barrel of FUN! We were greeted my Mom, at reception, and she was such a sweetheart. Told us exactly how the operation works, and some of the things we will be looking for. What's the briefing was completed, it was...More

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

Thank you for your review! Mom does a great job at the office, and never seems to get enough mention in these reviews - THANK YOU! We are happy to know that your group of miners had a successful day! It is gratifying to know...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Matt & Lisa made our gem mining experience fun and educational!! We started with a very informative run down of the types of gems found in the mine by Matt's mother, then proceeded to the sluice where Matt and Lisa gave us a demonstration on...More

1  Thank Lauren J
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are very happy to know that you found or mining program to be an effective one! We work very hard at providing the best possible customer service we can, and the limited attendance is just a part of that....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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