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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
+1 828-349-2941
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The owners were very educational and helpful in teaching us how and what to look for. They were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gayle W
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We had a great mining trip to Cherokee Ruby and sapphire mine!

I came up to Cowee Vally nearly 50 years ago to mine for Rubys.and gemstones and it was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kmh3212
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Buford, Georgia
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41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank kmh3212
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire gem mine was a great little day excursion. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I had 3 buckets and was able to find and pick out some stones fairly well after some good guidance. I did find some...More

Thank Daniel David H
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your day at Cherokee Mine. We do our best to make sure our miners have the best possible information for gem hunting, and the best possible odds of going home with gems...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very fun day with excellent helpers who teach you what to do and what to look for, and they'll go through your leftovers to make sure you didn't miss anything! A really fine time sifting through the pay dirt and found some nice little...More

Thank CapricornCharmed
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had fun mining - that is one of the most important factors of any activity! We try our best to provide an enjoyable and entertaining atmosphere at the mine, in addition to providing the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Matt and Lisa couldn't have been more knowledgeable and instructive. What a wonderful experience for RockHounds and novices alike. Would definitely return.More

Thank Catherine L
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We at Cherokee Mine try very hard to make the experience enjoyable for miners of all skill levels, but especially for new miners. We want novices to have the best possible experience because they will be the future "expert rockhounds"...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it can be seen as work, but if you are rock hound, love the chance of finding something valuable, and want the source to be all natural, this is the place for you. Matt and his wife were fantastic in their friendliness and help....More

Thank Chris M
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! First of the 2017 Mining Season! We are constantly striving to provide the best service we can to our miners, and you bring up several important steps we take to accomplish this. And getting here can be "interesting", especially if...More

Reviewed 21 March 2017

We visited Cherokee Ruby Mine it was worth the extra drive to get there. I went with my 3 teenage nephews and we all had a blast. Allow plenty of time to do your sifting because if you are an a mature (like we were)...More

Thank Chekcola
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are always happy to hear when families have a great time at Cherokee mine. You point out something very important: Successful gem hunting at an unsalted mine TAKES TIME. Just as "Knowledge is Power", "Patience is a Virtue". We...More

Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is my favorite of all mines in Franklin, NC. It is not salted, which means sometimes you find gemstones and artifacts and sometimes you don't. With that being said what I have found is some of the finest rubies and sapphires in North Carolina....More

Thank Terry G
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! As an unsalted mine, there is no way to predict what or how much one may find, but you can be assured that what you find at Cherokee is 100% from the on-site excavation. We are happy to hear of...More

Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is an authentic mine. We've been to many of the local gem spots and this one was the best. The owner was so kind and knowledgeable. We learned a lot about what we found and took home more gems than we've mined in one...More

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very happy that you had a successful day at Cherokee Mine, and we are especially happy when we hear that people learn something new. We do try to make the experience at Cherokee Mine informative as well as...More

Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The Cherokee Ruby Mine was a fantastic experience mining for rubies. Me and my girlfriend went just to get away and enjoy the quiet. We stayed at one of Jeff Warshaw's amazing cabins on the mountain about a 1/4 mile up the road from the...More

Thank Jeremy V
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable and successful visit to the mine! We are also glad that you were happy with the accommodations of our neighbor Jeff. Please post some photos of your gems -...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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