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Outpost Gold and Gem

7901 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545-3619
+1 706-878-5065
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I'm a pretty big rock hound, but never really have done the whole gem grubbing thing. My wife and I... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
zackyvii
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Savannah, Georgia
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Nice shop with ample parking. Staff is friendly and helpful. Variety of gemstones, jewelry and... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Donna A
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Strike It Rich in Helen, Georgia at the Outpost Gold & Gem! The Outpost Gold & Gem is a family attraction that is fun for all ages. Try your luck with our Pay Dirt Buckets, filled with Concentrated Gold, Fossils, or Rare Earth Gems, such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, topaz, and more! All of our panning tables are covered and we are open rain or shine. Get hands on lessons from our trained and helpful staff. They are always nearby to help you identify your finds and evaluate them. Everyone takes home a treasure! After you are finished, don't forget to stop by our gift shop, Southwestern Outpost! The Navajo ways of life make for a unique Southwestern culture. Our gift shop offers a wide selection of Southwestern gifts & decor including authentic Native American arts and handcrafts, lamps, paintings, fossils, and more! Whether you are admiring an authentic Navajo Horse Hair vase or trying a turquoise and sterling silver ring on for size, you will be struck by the uniqueness and history of each individually handcrafted piece. You can even pick up a bucket of our Outpost Gold or Gemstone Pay Dirt to take home or stock up on authentic gold mining supplies. We can accommodate any size group, whether it is a tour group, class field trip, scout troop, or family gathering. Customers are always welcome without reservations. We have several options to choose from and you can spend an hour or all day at the Outpost. Start planning your trip to beautiful Helen, GA and the Outpost Gold & Gem Mine.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“gem mining” (6 reviews)
“the owner” (7 reviews)
“gem grubbing” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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7901 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545-3619
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+1 706-878-5065
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

I'm a pretty big rock hound, but never really have done the whole gem grubbing thing. My wife and I decided to try it out, and we had a lot of fun. You get a little thrill each time you lift the pan and find...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Nice shop with ample parking. Staff is friendly and helpful. Variety of gemstones, jewelry and other gifts available.

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Great staff and fun place for the kids. We did the gem minning and they made sure to get enough to make it worth while.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful time panning for gold. Got three twenty five dollars buckets after about three hours of panning found $47.37 worth of gold. Not supposed to get rich but a lot of fun. I would recommend this attraction for a chance to pan for...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

When in the Northeast Georgia mountains stay at the Heidi Motel in Helen (the one with the windmill). You will get a discount to pan for gold or gems. Kids love finding gems and I went for the gold. It is now I enclosed with...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I didn't feel up to panning for anything but needed crystals for my collection. Found great items to buy. Had great fun doing so too! Amber jewelry abounds here and the jeweler on site can help you with sizing any ring. Friendly and helpful staff...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

David was awesome and spent the time to explain the gems. We mined and spent time in the store. Worth the time to stop! Thanks David!

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Purchased five buckets of dirt and "gems". OK new going in what that would be. But then I decided to have some jewelry made, BIG MISTAKE! I picked out settings and stones and paid in advance for what I wanted. 8 months later still nothing....More

1  Thank lucybelle8
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Chasity1123, Owner at Outpost Gold and Gem, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

We ship all our items with tracking and insurance so if you haven’t received it and we did tell you that we sent it. We can now contact the postal service since we have no control on packages after we mail them. We work very...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We are fairly new Rockhounds trying all of the gem "mines" in driving distance to Florida (day or weekend trips). The Good: Easy to find. Lots of parking. Beautiful clean place to sit and sluice. Seriously, we usually get very dirty at the sluice. Staff...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We went to several sluicing operations during our visit to the area. This place is a major tourist trap. We purchased a "large bucket" for gemstone "mining" and proceeded out to the sluicing area. We had shovel after shovel of nothing but sand and hair....More

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Chad J, Owner at Outpost Gold and Gem, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

I’m sorry you didn’t like your experience at our location I may have been out mining the day you came in I was unaware of someone finding nothing. We would have gladly gave you another bucket if this was the case. I have a jeweler...More

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Yes pets are allowed..
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Response from Shannon T | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the price but I think it was $12...various size buckets and choices to fit budgets. No time limit and we didn't feel rushed at all
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