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Adventure plus mining holiday

Maidstone, Kent
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Adventure plus mining holiday

Having spent a wonderful holiday last year mining for crystals in Hot Springs Arkansas, we thought we'd try Franklin NC this year, although not really that keen on coloured gens (except possibly Opals)but interested in mining anyway and having a fun and exciting 3 weeks holdiay. Can anyone tell me if Frankling would suit us, also are there mossies or other flying biteing things! Thanks for your help on this. What should we NOT miss in NC.

Weaverville, North...
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1. Re: Adventure plus mining holiday

though I have never been, I know there are several spots for gem mining in Western North Carolina. In addition to Franklin, the Linville area has gem mining as well as Spruce Pine (Gem Mountain),and Little Switzerland (Emerald Village). I am sure there are others as well in North East Georgia.

There is a small but very nice gem and rock museum in downtown Hendersonville NC on the Main Street and in downtown Asheville, NC there is the Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum which has a larger collection.

The town of Franklin does not have a lot going on except maybe a Scottish Tartans Museum. You are close to some beautiful areas like the town of Cashiers and Great Smoky Park. You are also very close to the reservation for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and there is a very good museum there. Asheville has the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in the US. The grounds are beautiful and the house includes many works of art. You can also tour a winery.

I wouldn't make Franklin my only destination but you may enjoy staying in some of the more interesting a scenic towns...Cashiers, Asheville, Blowing Rock...

As far a insects...yes, but as we are higher in elevation and cooler they are not as bad. In some areas wearing insect repellent is a good idea.

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