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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine

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Address: 41 Cherokee Mine Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-4127
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+1 828-349-2941
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted...

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is Macon County's ONLY 100% Unsalted Mine, located in the heart of the Beautiful Cowee Valley of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains.

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Knowledge is Power

We visited Cherokee Ruby Mine it was worth the extra drive to get there. I went with my 3 teenage nephews and we all had a blast. Allow plenty of time to do your sifting because... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chekcola
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Cherokee Ruby Mine it was worth the extra drive to get there. I went with my 3 teenage nephews and we all had a blast. Allow plenty of time to do your sifting because if you are an a mature (like we were) it takes time to go through a bucket. We all found gems too. Thank you,... More 

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Thank Chekcola
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are always happy to hear when families have a great time at Cherokee mine. You point out something very important: Successful gem hunting at an unsalted mine TAKES TIME. Just as "Knowledge is Power", "Patience is a Virtue". We are glad that we were able to provide you with some "power" for finding your... More 

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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is my favorite of all mines in Franklin, NC. It is not salted, which means sometimes you find gemstones and artifacts and sometimes you don't. With that being said what I have found is some of the finest rubies and sapphires in North Carolina. The pigeon blood rubies are second to none. I've been fortunate to find 5 such... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! As an unsalted mine, there is no way to predict what or how much one may find, but you can be assured that what you find at Cherokee is 100% from the on-site excavation. We are happy to hear of your successes, and look forward to seeing your future finds! See you on the sluice!... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is an authentic mine. We've been to many of the local gem spots and this one was the best. The owner was so kind and knowledgeable. We learned a lot about what we found and took home more gems than we've mined in one trip before. We also leaned a few new techniques. This is our favorite spot!

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2 Thank jerseysong88
Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very happy that you had a successful day at Cherokee Mine, and we are especially happy when we hear that people learn something new. We do try to make the experience at Cherokee Mine informative as well as fun! See you back on the sluice! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The Cherokee Ruby Mine was a fantastic experience mining for rubies. Me and my girlfriend went just to get away and enjoy the quiet. We stayed at one of Jeff Warshaw's amazing cabins on the mountain about a 1/4 mile up the road from the mine. Cherokee came highly recommended and did not fail. The owners were very professional, courteous,... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable and successful visit to the mine! We are also glad that you were happy with the accommodations of our neighbor Jeff. Please post some photos of your gems - we would love to see them, and I am sure other TripAdvisor readers would as... More 

Hastings, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We went early in the morning when they opened. That was the best so the owners could spend time with us. It was wondeful learning all about mining. It was middle of July 2016 and hot. Did some mining, then had alittle lunch that we brought and then mined for another hour. It was great having the owners look over... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We are glad to hear that you had and enjoyable and successful day, and thank you for bringing up some important information, particularly about the importance of arriving early. We have worked hard to make the mining experience an educational one as well. We look forward to seeing you back on the sluice! More 

Bengaluru, India
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

First of all, this is an unsalted mine, probably one of the only one in the same area. There are tons of gem mines in the area for tourists but this is only one where what you find is natural and not inserted by owners. We spent almost 4 hours here. For $25 for each person, you get 2 buckets... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Thank you for also pointing out that Cherokee Mine is the only 100% unsalted mine in Macon County. We are very happy to have helped you with searching for gems. As you pointed out, there is no guarantee at an unsalted mine that one will be successful, so if a "guaranteed experience" is what one... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Like others have said, you need to plan 4 hours for your stay and wear a hat. For $25 ($20 for veterans) you get two buckets of your choice. This is not a salted mine so you will only get natural gems from their mine. The way it works is that you choose your buckets then sit at the flume.... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Thank you also for reinforcing the fact that mining at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire mine is not a quick process! And that proper attire for the weather (the flume is not covered, in order to provide the maximum available natural light) is essential. We are very happy that we were able to ensure that you... More 

Collinsville, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

I have been coming to Cowee Valley to mine at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine for about 8 years. I think this was my 5th or 6th trip in that time. I admit I did have beginner's luck. With the previous owner's help I found an 18 carat orange-red garnet that yielded 4 cut stones of various size. I enjoy... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! And thank you for continuing to patronize Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine! We are glad to hear that you found us to be good teachers, and you also bring up several other important points. The benches do get a bit uncomfortable, but we always have supplied customers with foam pads to ease things. We also... More 

1 review
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had a great day of fun and collected a number of sapphires and other gem stones. Mat and Lisa are very knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions at an experience appropriate level. We are already planning our return visit!

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very happy to hear you had a successful and enjoyable day. We do try to work with each miner as an individual and address their questions in the best manner possible. The best endorsement we can ask for is when people come back again - We look forward to seeing you BACK on... More 

1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent fun & educational here! Plan to spend at lease 4 hours a day here. Admission is 25.00 a person (and this includes the 1st 2 buckets) after that each additional bucket is 5.00. They also sell tailing bags 5.00 each bag. Matt is brilliant! He loves teaching you ! It was so nice to be at a mine with... More 

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Matthew M, Owner at Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Your point about time allotment is very important, which is why we encourage miners to ARRIVE EARLY! Especially for first-time miners - we have had people arrive at opening and spend the whole day until closing just on their initial two buckets. Of course, the more you do mining, the better ( and quicker) you... More 

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