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Great place for young'uns to find gems

This is a fun place to come with youngsters to pan for gemstones. It's fun to do, even on a hot... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2017
Western North Carolina
This place was so fun!

We loved mining for gems. It's something I had never done, but my wife had done a lot as a kid... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2016
Sanford, North Carolina
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11900 U.S. 19/74 West, Phone number says it is disconnected, Bryson City, NC
+1 828-488-3854
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I decided to stop by the Ruby Mine on July 6th after having a refreshing and fantastic swim in Fontana Lake. We have now made this our #1 choice for gem mining in NC! The staff was extremely knowledgeable and took their...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed November 9, 2017

This is a fun place to come with youngsters to pan for gemstones. It's fun to do, even on a hot day as the place is shaded. This is a great thing to do when you are in the Nantahala area

Thank SteveandBobbie
Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We had so much fun even in the rain! The space is covered so if the weather isn't cooperating think about taking the ride Buckets range from $40- $60 but the basic bucket was enough to keep us busy for a while. We definitely found...More

5  Thank Tana M
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

My youngest son loves this stuff!! We've never taken him before so this was our first experience. The Lady and young man who run the place were very nice. She was great at talking to the kids and identifying rocks and their meanings to them....More

2  Thank Darah10975
Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

I have been saving up to do this with my children. It would have been a great memory for them and I wish that I could have given a 5-star review but we had a horrible experience during our visit here this afternoon. As we...More

21  Thank Cynthia L
Reviewed April 6, 2016

We loved mining for gems. It's something I had never done, but my wife had done a lot as a kid. Well the kid is still in there and she and I had a blast (and we are in our 50's).

1  Thank kd4dna
Reviewed January 4, 2016

this was a great experience for my daughter. we got a big bucket of dirt and she was so excited every time she found a gem.

Thank Heather B
Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

My three year old loved looking for rocks and gems, but I felt it was expensive for what you left with. When I called to make a reservation, the lady was rude and rushed me off the phone, but the gentleman that worked the mine...More

2  Thank Chelsea K
Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

There seems to be a lot of these gem mining places in the Smoky Mountain area. We were very happy we went with this one. Let me just preface this review with the reality of these mining shops. There is no possibility of anyone ever...More

6  Thank MelCRNA
Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our team here. We bought one lg bucket and split it between our two girls, ages 7 and 4. They loved it and found lots of gems including rubies, emeralds and crystals among other fossils. Our best find was a perfect small...More

1  Thank Gatorjan
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