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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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Just a place to try peanuts, but they are really kind

A friend of us told that the people in highlands usually ate boiled peanuts. We did not know... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Santander, Spain
Misleading Website

Looking at both their website & trip advisor times it says open until 4. Imagine our surprise... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
Callahan, Florida
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Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built in 1952. We are located exactly 9 miles from beautiful downtown Highlands, and 9 miles from downtown Franklin. We are 1/3 of a mile from the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls (means "sweetwater" in Cherokee). Also, 5 miles from Dry Falls (seen in The Last of the Mohicans). Our guests can browse our huge rock shop and gift store, or eat hot boiled peanuts on our front porch overlooking the beautiful Cullasaja River. Our gem mine is all weather fun for the whole family. Macon County is considered the "Gem Capital of the World" for a reason! Come and buy a bucket to sift! Small Buckets are $10 each, and one per person. Ultimate Buckets are $30 each or 2 for $50. These buckets are big and can be shared! We also have a $100 Bucket Club. This bucket is great for families. With this, you receive a $45 free cut of a gemstone that you find! Chuck is a master lapidary and we can help you choose what would be the best thing in your find to cut! We are handicapped accessible and very kid/pet friendly.
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9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend of us told that the people in highlands usually ate boiled peanuts. We did not know nothing about boiled peanuts, but this family was so kind, talking with us, explaining this traditional snack and giving us some peanuts (both normal and spicy) to...More

Thank juangarpo
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Looking at both their website & trip advisor times it says open until 4. Imagine our surprise having driven one hour - because everything in this area takes an hour due to narrow, winding roads - only to find the mine closes at 2:30. We...More

Thank McMarciJ
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Our kids loved Gem mining here they didn't mind the cold weather however the water could have been a little warmer but it didn't stop them. The lady was very knowledgeable and we appreciated the time she took to explain what gems they had found.

1  Thank Christina G
Reviewed 24 November 2017

We typically visit in the summer, first visit in the colder weather. Online everything states a $10 bucket. Arrived to find these are not offered in the non tourist times. It was too late to walk away. No heaters outside. Could have made a few...More

Thank Disneyaddict87
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Grandkids enjoyed the sifting through dirt to find something. Could use some general repair. Inside store was fun for kids too.

Thank Lynne P
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This is a fun activity for people of all ages. They give you a bucket filled with dirt and hidden gems. Just sift through in the troughs they give you in the water.I got large stones and they are lovely.

Thank florabella59
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A very nice close to the main road to HIghlands. Area was clean and very easy to mine. The help was exceptional and we were able to get some large gems including an 8 carat Aquamarine and several large rubies. A great time for a...More

Thank dkpruitt
Reviewed 20 September 2017

The road getting there is not so much fun, but we had fun going through the buckets to find the gems and stones. Found some very nice pieces!

Thank hall31548
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We had a great time with our two grandsons. We panned for gems and found lots that they wanted to keep!

Thank hoytandres
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My family and I were on the way to the falls. We happened to stop here for a break and find where Cullasaja fall was because this was where our GPS said the fall was. We weren't planning to do Gem Mine but we decided...More

Thank ShibaShadow
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