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Rose Creek Mine

115 Terrace Ridge Dr, Franklin, NC 28734-0869
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Family-friendly fun

We really enjoyed spending a few hours here with our two children - both under 10. We each dug our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
More gems then we expected.

We were in the area and hadn't done gem mining in 25+ years ago. We took the easy way and bought a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David W
Savannah, Georgia
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115 Terrace Ridge Dr, Franklin, NC 28734-0869
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed spending a few hours here with our two children - both under 10. We each dug our own bucket of dirt and found several garnets, sapphires, quartz, and even some indigenous pottery. The owners are so kind. They even brought out freezer...More

Thank Melissiaab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area and hadn't done gem mining in 25+ years ago. We took the easy way and bought a salted bucket. Digging was also available. It was fun but we got dirty (more laundry) to do. We had a blast and they...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Nice place to visit for sluicing gems from a bucket of dirt. Found many tiny garnets as well as other stones which the owners identified for us and placed in labeled plastic bags. Very nice gift shop as well. Be prepared to get dirty and...More

Thank audreysL1046HZ
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Third year we returned and were happy we did. Tom and Linda a really nice and helpful. Had a picnic lunch and a leisurely afternoon. So peaceful. We found some garnets, sapphires, rubies and quartz. Great place to stop and mine.

Thank Dyann. W
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We love this mine!!! Tom and his assistant were very friendly and knowledgeable. Tom has over 42 years of mining experience and spent a good amount of time explaining the gems 💎 to us. This was truly a fun and exciting event . We found...More

Thank Naydita
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Joe was VERY helpful in teaching my fiance and I how to gem mine as we have only gone once before. He definitely filled in a lot of gaps that we missed our first time. I would love to go on vacation for the sole...More

Thank Kayla W
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Dig your own bucket - the dirt is hauled from their licensed property. Family friendly with great prices. We even found ancient Indian pottery pieces! Don't over think it, just go and have some fun!

Thank Ros R
Reviewed 8 April 2017

the drive back there was worth it! Someone recommended this mine to us and they were right. Gems were NOT seeded, but were from their mine - you can dig and fill your buckets, then wash off the dirt. We found small ones and 2...More

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This is a good outdoor activity rain or shine...especially if kids are involved. Sort through the dirt and put it through a sieve, and who knows? You may have a rough ruby tht can be tumbled and revealed! Folks love the hunt and the reward....More

Thank Corrine G
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We have came to Franklin several times. We always visit Rose Creek. Our younger kids love it, as well as the teens and adults.

Thank Julie W
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Will P
Directions from Franklin
13 August 2016|
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Response from Pete B | Reviewed this property |
Travel north from Franklin on Bryson City Rd (rte 28) and watch for signs to the rose Creek Mine. You will turn on Bennett near a bridge and the signs will take you right there. Follow the road around to the parking lot... More