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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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$10 buckets not available year round!!!

We typically visit in the summer, first visit in the colder weather. Online everything states a $10... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pinellas Park, Florida
Fun trip for kids

Grandkids enjoyed the sifting through dirt to find something. Could use some general repair. Inside... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Lynne P
Eatonton, Georgia
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Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built in 1952. We are located exactly 9 miles from beautiful downtown Highlands, and 9 miles from downtown Franklin. We are 1/3 of a mile from the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls (means "sweetwater" in Cherokee). Also, 5 miles from Dry Falls (seen in The Last of the Mohicans). Our guests can browse our huge rock shop and gift store, or eat hot boiled peanuts on our front porch overlooking the beautiful Cullasaja River. Our gem mine is all weather fun for the whole family. Macon County is considered the "Gem Capital of the World" for a reason! Come and buy a bucket to sift! Small Buckets are $10 each, and one per person. Ultimate Buckets are $30 each or 2 for $50. These buckets are big and can be shared! We also have a $100 Bucket Club. This bucket is great for families. With this, you receive a $45 free cut of a gemstone that you find! Chuck is a master lapidary and we can help you choose what would be the best thing in your find to cut! We are handicapped accessible and very kid/pet friendly.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“gem mining” (19 reviews)
“fun activity” (5 reviews)
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9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We typically visit in the summer, first visit in the colder weather. Online everything states a $10 bucket. Arrived to find these are not offered in the non tourist times. It was too late to walk away. No heaters outside. Could have made a few...More

Thank Disneyaddict87
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Grandkids enjoyed the sifting through dirt to find something. Could use some general repair. Inside store was fun for kids too.

Thank Lynne P
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is a fun activity for people of all ages. They give you a bucket filled with dirt and hidden gems. Just sift through in the troughs they give you in the water.I got large stones and they are lovely.

Thank florabella59
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

A very nice close to the main road to HIghlands. Area was clean and very easy to mine. The help was exceptional and we were able to get some large gems including an 8 carat Aquamarine and several large rubies. A great time for a...More

Thank dkpruitt
Reviewed 20 September 2017

The road getting there is not so much fun, but we had fun going through the buckets to find the gems and stones. Found some very nice pieces!

Thank hall31548
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We had a great time with our two grandsons. We panned for gems and found lots that they wanted to keep!

Thank hoytandres
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My family and I were on the way to the falls. We happened to stop here for a break and find where Cullasaja fall was because this was where our GPS said the fall was. We weren't planning to do Gem Mine but we decided...More

Thank ShibaShadow
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Our visit to jackson hole provided us with a beautiful array of various gem types to take home. The workers were very polite and helpful in identifying the gem types as well as offering the opportunity to have our gems cut into various forms of...More

Thank Islander680
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

I have 2 boys and every time we visit Highlands, Jackson Hole Gem Mine is on the top of heir to do list. I enjoy it as well. Any age will enjoy but if you want to make your youngens happy, this is a must...More

Thank Imogtirol
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Had driven by the Gem Mine many times and finally decided to stop in. The Gift Shop featured all types of gems and crystals. For twenty dollars, you could buy a "gem bucket" and do your own mining. It was a fascinating place to visit.

Thank edward d
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