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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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What a fantastic time we had. The people are extremely friendly and the mineral cleaning area is a... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2016
Lighthouse Point, Florida
Summer 2015

Found this place from a brochure in a rest stop. My son loves rocks and was very excited. Had a... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2016
AnnMarie P
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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 good22%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

What a fantastic time we had. The people are extremely friendly and the mineral cleaning area is a ball! We bought a $100. bucket, smaller ones are available, found a beautiful assortment of gem stones and had a number of them cut on-site for Christmas...More

2  Thank Prussian1951
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Found this place from a brochure in a rest stop. My son loves rocks and was very excited. Had a wonderful time the people both inside and out were very friendly. Never felt pushed to set the stones and my son still talks about how...More

1  Thank AnnMarie P
Reviewed 28 June 2016

My husband and I brought our 10 yr. old grandson here after visiting Dry Falls. It was the 2nd mine we'd been to this weekend. We were very impressed with the facility. The flume water and surrounding area was very clean and not muddy and...More

2  Thank laura4zach
Reviewed 16 June 2016

My sister and I went gem mining in 1984 with my parents and grandparents. Now that we have kids of our own we wanted to take them. This was our first stop of the trip in 2016! And not a disappointment!! Douglas was the gentlemen...More

Thank Alex D
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

I have been reading some reviews and felt the need to comment on what I saw/found for people that are unsure. I went to this place with my grandparents because they were very excited about showing me the "mines." I noticed a few things about...More

Thank Emily N
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Grandkids wanted to try there luck. Everyone was very nice. The gentleman that was taking care of the sluice box area was a lot of fun and great with kids. They all enjoyed very much. They got to takes there gems back in where they...More

Thank houresp4
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for gem mining and they cut stones you find for great prices. The staff understand a lot about gem stones and they make sure you don't miss any gems.

Thank Phil H
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Lots of jewelry, precious stones, area souvenirs in the quaint little shop. Gem mining set-up to learn how to separate the dirt from precious stones. Interesting concept.

Thank Rita S
Reviewed 30 April 2016

We were looking for activities to do as a family a with two young teens. We stopped in with very limited expectations and upon beginning our mining experience we were surprised at how easy and fun it was. We were there by ourselves which allowed...More

1  Thank HappyTraveler02052
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

On a day of looking at waterfalls we came across this little stop that had gem picking in back but a nice selection of stones and jewelry in the shop. Picked up some nice things for grandkids and enjoyed looking around. Easy access off the...More

1  Thank Debbie K
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