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Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

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Gem mining

Wow! It was rather expensive. There were so many people mining, it was hectic! I didn't like this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Darnell W
Eden, North Carolina
Worth The Stop

My friend and I had never done this before, so we just got the cheapest bucket and were able to... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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U.s. 441N, Cherokee, NC
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! It was rather expensive. There were so many people mining, it was hectic! I didn't like this very much. The sign says there is a gemologist who would grade your findings. Well, when it was finally my grandsons' turns, all the gemologist seemed to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Darnell W
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Fun mining for precious stone at Smoky Mtn Gold & Ruby Mine. Tokk grandboys and they had lots of fun and found some neat Ruby, Sapphire and other stones. I might try it myself next time.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Clyde B
Reviewed 28 August 2018

My friend and I had never done this before, so we just got the cheapest bucket and were able to find numerous gems, even a few emeralds, garnet and a tiny ruby. This activity would be very good to introduce children to geology, and the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank gaminwoman
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This a fun place and can be very worth your time, we found a ruby that was bigger than an English pea! The guy that runs it is a hoot and very helpful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank michaelgchapman
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We stopped in because we have been mining before and the kids love it. We spent $14 on dirt. The younger guy operating the mining area was less than enthusiastic to say the least. When we realized we didn't have the first gem we asked...More

Date of experience: July 2018
8  Thank Ceylanda ami A
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Kids had a good time, bought the $50 bucket. Found various gems but nothing special for the price. The older gentleman was nice and helpful for the most part but the younger gentleman wasn’t helpful at all. They weren’t really informative on what we were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Niki K
Reviewed 12 July 2018

This is a tourist trap type of business that basically sells you a few dollars worth of minerals or gems for $50. The kids have fun doing it, so if you can afford it - why not. Just reviewed my credit card bill and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kryo2018
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable time mining and finding lots of quartz, garnet, topaz, amethyst & citrine. Chris was extremely helpful identifying our stones & explaining the process of polishing & setting the gems. We thought it was worth the time & money!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 722Jenn
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Our family visited last year while on vacation in Cherokee. Our 12 year old son requested we come back to mine while vacationing in Gatlinburg. It’s a fun experience for every member of the family! We found a beautiful emerald this time. We’ll definitely return...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 11 June 2018

We used to take our kids here and now brought our grandson. I wanted two bags for $12 and had a coupon. The man taking the money got angry with me because I had a screenshot of a discount coupon. He said he didn't know...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ShariTn
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30 March 2018|
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Response from Gran7 | Reviewed this property |
Also you can make this any length adventure you want!
30 July 2017|
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Response from Dusty W | Reviewed this property |
No. Just a lot of dirt!