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Address: 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Off Hwy 294, Then River Hill Rd at WagonMaster Ranch, Murphy, NC 28906-8418
Phone Number: +1 828-494-9521
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Thu - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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CLOSED OCT 20TH FOR VACATION. NO ADMISSION FEE. PET FRIENDLY. You only pay...

CLOSED OCT 20TH FOR VACATION. NO ADMISSION FEE. PET FRIENDLY. You only pay for what YOU want to do. Our gem mine is located at WagonMaster Adventure Ranch. Drive out to the country for a fun day gem mining or gold panning with ore from an active gold mine for the REAL panning experience and free instruction. Our gem mine bags are customized for kids or adults, novices or rock hounds. Gems are from around the world and we have special treasure, fossil, and a variety of gem bags for every age. Have the gem mining experience here or get a bag and sifter to-go. Check our website for on-line ordering. Skeet & Pistol Ranges, Fun Park, Cabins & Camping are also on site. Our covered flume has lighting, heaters,& fans so you can gem mine rain or shine - cold or hot. Free playground & shady picnic areas. We are open from March - Thanksgiving Week. Free picnic areas. Look for WagonMaster Ranch signs.

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A Great. Place To Take The Grand Kids

We took our son and his family here Labor Day Weekend. It was very enjoyable for every one. The staff was great and very helpful . Lots to do from sifting for gold and gem stones... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Ruth C
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We took our son and his family here Labor Day Weekend. It was very enjoyable for every one. The staff was great and very helpful . Lots to do from sifting for gold and gem stones to paintball and browsing and buying unusual articles in their very quaint gift shop.

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Thank Ruth C
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Found some cool rocks. Debbie was very informative. We made a necklace from the gems. My daughter really liked this activity.

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Thank Melissa H
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write this nice review. We love bringing smiles especially to our little guests, and your daughter was truly adorable! God Bless. Debbie Rodby More 

Georgia
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56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Not much more than a touristy type of place here. Minimal fun, the kids will have their fun but this seems to be more of a salted type mine than a find your own.

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Thank Billmcse
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and I am so sorry that you obviously did not read our advertising or understand when we let everyone know exactly what we offer in advance. Our advertisement talks about having the gem experience with gems from all around the world. We always tell people the kind of gem bags we offer, some of which... More 

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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Every other gem mine we have ever been to has accessible hours. This mine is only open from Thursday to Saturday, so if you come into town for the weekend, don't let your kids find that brochure. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT that they are always closed while in town.

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Thank Angela W
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and I'm sorry that you were not able to visit us during our open hours. During the summer, we are open 7 days a week from 10-5. During the fall, business drops off during the week and Sundays. We are a small family-owned business, so we compromise with a Thurs - Sat schedule to accommodate... More 

Sebastian, Florida
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We brought our 13 and 17 year old here and really enjoyed it. They did gem mining, paint balls and our favorite mini golf. The lady at the desk and our helper Joseph were extremely nice. It was a nice change of pace from your busy, hot, expensive theme park. Thank you guys for making our day so pleasant!

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2 Thank Andrea C
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the VERY nice review. We appreciate you taking the extra time to let others know about your experience. And I appreciate the compliments to our staff. We hope to see you again! Debbie Rodby More 

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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The entire family had a great time here. The kids found a bunch of different gems and can't stop talking about their visit. The staff their was so friendly.

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1 Thank Tyler Y
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

THANK YOU Tyler Y for the super review. It is so important for others to hear 1st hand from our guests about their time here. And I appreciate your compliments about our staff. We really try to keep customer service our #1 focus to assure everyone has fun. Safe travels! Debbie Rodby More 

South Florida, Florida
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

It took us a while to get here and be prepared for no cell service in the area. Luckily, the map app was still working and we got there. When we pulled up, we were the only ones there and we all thought it didn't look very fun. We were wrong! The kids had so much fun gem mining and... More 

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1 Thank Live_Love_Beach
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for the great review! We are out in the country and have a rustic decor, so I'm glad you came out and enjoyed the day. I appreciate your compliments about Jennifer. I am very blessed with great help who sincerely want to assure everyone has fun. I hope you will come... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Very friendly family business. We did some gem grubbing and had a blast. I bought a couple things from their nice gift shop as well.

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Thank CarlaGoodwin
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you SO much for taking the time to write a nice review for us. We are very glad you had a great time and thank you for mentioning our gift shop. Come back and see us and safe travels! Debbie Rodby More 

Ormond Beach, Florida
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

They made Gem mining quite an adventure for an 8 year old! Reasonably priced. Very rustic outside establishment. You can purchase bags that are guaranteed to find some nice gems... Important when traveling with an autistic child. They also have ways to make a beautiful necklace for child to bring home as gift for mom! Playground equipment needs to be... More 

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Thank donna s
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you, Donna, for your nice and detailed review. We love bringing smiles to all our guests, and especially treasure the opportunity to have our autistic guests enjoy their experience here. Actually, their is a cafe 3 1/2 miles from here at Fields of the Wood, that we highly recommend when people ask about close-by eating places. And there's a... More 

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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

This was the first time visiting this place for me. It is a drive to get to it and you feel initially like you are getting lost but the drive is beautiful. I found it to be very fun. We went in November and there was literally noone but my family there so we were able to have a lot... More 

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Thank Jennifer N
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such kind words about your visit. We really appreciate guests like you who take the time to support us and share your experience with others. We hope you can come again when the weather is nice like it is now, and everything is beginning to bloom. We are out in the country, so I'm glad... More 

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