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Address: 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC 28906-8418
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+1 828-494-9521
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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NO ADMISSION FEE. PET FRIENDLY. You only pay for what YOU want to do. Our...

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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This a cute "diamond in the rough" place. We are 5 Florida moms on a weekend getaway. We enjoyed gem mining and gold panning. The Staff is very friendly.

Reviewed 3 April 2017
MareSparkle5
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New Port Richey, Florida
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New Port Richey, Florida
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

This a cute "diamond in the rough" place. We are 5 Florida moms on a weekend getaway. We enjoyed gem mining and gold panning. The Staff is very friendly.

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Thank MareSparkle5
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

Hi 5 Florida Moms! Thank you for this great rating and review!! I like the diamond in the rough description, and I appreciate you complimenting our staff. So glad ya'll had fun and hope you will come back and see us. Debbie Rodby More 

Newnan, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Our 4 & 5 year old girls loved mining for gems (we did the big girl bags. Not the treasure bags). The part I loved the best was that each girl walked away with a ring, necklace, bracelet and gem collection (about 10 gems each?) that were fairly equal to each other and very pretty and sparkly. Service was great.... More 

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

Thank you so much for this detailed and very kind review! We definitely have a rustic, simple decor LOL but we wanted to keep it old fashioned - including using wood milled from our trees - so I am very glad your family enjoyed it. We also offer the all rough gem bags and gold panning that are designed for... More 

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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Fun!!! Owner Debbie so friendly and inviting! She makes every effort to make sure her guest have a good time. If you're looking for the the "big city, lights and glam" it's not for you. But it is great family fun!

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

Thank you SOOOOO much for this "wonderful" review Natalie. I am so glad you and your husband enjoyed your anniversary getaway at Wagonmaster and Salty Dog Gem Mine. You guys are an amazing couple. Happy Trails til next time! Debbie Rodby More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We went not knowing they were not open because they are seasonal. The owner Debbie took us to the gem mine anyhow and we all had such a great time. My 6 year old and 13 year old sons are still talking about all the wonderful gems they found. We are definitely going back again! Would highly recommend to anyone.

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

Hi Dianna. Thank you VERY much for this kind review! And thank you for pointing out that the hours were not correct on Trip Advisor. I did request a change of those hours since your visit, and now I am trying to work over there during the time they are showing we are open. You and your boys are SO... More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this review

I don't know how I missed this fantastic review so please forgive the long delay in responding. But I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to let others know about your experience and for the positive feedback. We have done some updating to the store so it's a little larger than it was last season. I hope you will come... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 4 helpful votes
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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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 2 helpful votes
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 

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