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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
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Great Mining and Went Twice!

Our large family of 11 arrived and saw all the signs for the types of salted buckets and their cost... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Autumn L
ruby mining girl trip

had a wonderful time with my sisters and niece. the gentleman was very helpful pointing out... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
melody m
Lilburn, Georgia
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  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our large family of 11 arrived and saw all the signs for the types of salted buckets and their cost right away, so it didn't take long to get all of us seated and started. The woman behind the mine was quick and informative on...More

Thank Autumn L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

had a wonderful time with my sisters and niece. the gentleman was very helpful pointing out potential stones that could be polished and cut. Lots of fun for several hours. We did a half a day and that was plenty. All of us left with...More

Thank melody m
Reviewed 27 June 2017

The Cowee Ruby Mine was terrible for what I purchased which was native buckets. It turns out those buckets included (only) stones that were not local. And going even further, the operator claimed the stones were local (I verified they were not) and would not...More

1  Thank DDruff
Reviewed 27 June 2017

My kids (8, & 11) had a blast! The attendant was hilarious and made the time spent even more worth it. My kids loved him! He really brought my daughter, who is normally very shy, out of her shell and got her laughing. He had...More

Thank Pnkmdgt
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

This mine has buckets of rocks for $15 to $100, depending on what kind of material or how much material one wants to sift through. This one is outdoors but there is some shade. An attendant is able to help identify some of the rocks....More

Thank Linstrvlgems
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We had a lot of fun here. Found some nice gems and my neice acutally found one that was big enough to get cut and mounted.

Thank Robin C
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We were visiting Franklin,NC the end of Feb. So the gift shop and sluice area weren't open yet. However one of the owners did offer to sell us buckets of dirt with gems in them which I thought was very kind.

Thank motogirl33
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

What an amazing experience!!! Great friendly environment. We enjoyed mining and the staff present to help! A memory we will never forget! I would highly highly recommend going here!!!

Thank Annah-Lauren H
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Paid $45 for three buckets of sand with some stones thrown in. The kids (3 of them) went through the buckets in 20 minutes. Then you go inside to see the "assayer". This is when the game really begins. They tell you what stones you...More

4  Thank Chekcola
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Able to search for Gems. Then what you find they will evaluate what can be cut and polished for jewlery. Gems also available to purchased in gift shop. There staff friendly and helpful. Can get native stones and then they have gems from other areas....More

Thank Diane G
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