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Salty Dog Gem Mine

359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC 28906-8418
+1 828-494-9521
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Something for everybody!

This is good family fun. Pan for gold, sluice for gems, wildlife too! Now you buy these bags of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
michel19502016
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Murphy, North Carolina
Great Time

This a cute "diamond in the rough" place. We are 5 Florida moms on a weekend getaway. We enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
MareSparkle5
,
New Port Richey, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“gold panning” (5 reviews)
“gem mining” (22 reviews)
“putt putt” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC 28906-8418
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+1 828-494-9521
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is good family fun. Pan for gold, sluice for gems, wildlife too! Now you buy these bags of dirt/gems....no digging in a hillside or cave. Very clean restrooms. Go to Field of the Woods first, then a few miles up road(RT 294) see sign,...More

Thank michel19502016
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here, and we appreciate your support! Debbie Rodby

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.

Thank MareSparkle5
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

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

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?)...More

Thank Lisa C
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

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....More

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!

Thank Natalie M
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

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

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...More

Thank Dianna R
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank Ruth C
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

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...More

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.

Thank Melissa H
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2016

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

Reviewed 10 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.More

Thank Billmcse
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank Angela W
rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2016

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...More

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...More

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rockhound63, Owner at Salty Dog Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2016

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

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alh2012
3 June 2017|
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Response from rockhound63 | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. A one gallon bag (approx 10 oz of stones) is $11 for the 1st bag - $10 for each additional bag. A two gallon bag with a mixture of tumbled and rough is $17. A two gallon bag with all rough... More
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