Gem Mining in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains offer a wide variety of unique adventures and experiences visitors won.t find anywhere else, one of which is gem mines. Gem mining in North Carolina is a part of local history, and the potential for finding precious stones of all kinds is huge. Panning for gold is not the only thing gem miners focus on in the Great Smokies. When gem mining in North Carolina you may also find ruby, sapphire, topaz, emerald, amethyst, rose and smoky quartz, and more. These are the natural gifts the Great Smoky Mountains can share. Take home a special piece of this unforgettable land.

Deep Creek flows out of the Great Smokies National Park and by our campground. We rent light-weight vinyl tubes for $6 (all day rental). Tubes are available at a discount to registered campers and groups. Life jackets are available for children. Our camp store also sells creek shoes and other tubing accessories and souvenirs. We have twenty-one rental cabins, from modern campground cabins to hand-hewn log cabins, plus a large house for small groups. More than 40 campsites, from creekside tent camping to pop-ups, travel trailers, RVs and mobile homes. Gem Mining: Pan for rubies, sapphires, quartz, topaz, emeralds and other colorful gems at the Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company.
1090 West Deep Creek Rd Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-6055 deepcreekcamping.com Get Directions
Gold City Gem Mine,Jewelry and Rock Shop offers Gem Mining both native and North Carolina,Gold Panning and Turquoise Panning all with(NO ADMISSION FEES) Home of the 1061 CARAT SAPPHIRE featured in People Weekly, Disney Adventure and Rock and Gem Magazines. Come visit us here at Gold City and Spend the day mining for precious gems Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, Topaz, Citrine, Tourmaline and much more! Visit our Rock Shop where we have stones from around the world. You'll find it all here at Gold City in our 5000 sq ft building on hwy 441N! Gold City offers something for everyone. Covered flumes outside and when it's cold a full sized heated flume inside.
9410 Sylva Rd Hwy 441 N Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-3905 www.goldcityamusement.com Get Directions
Cleanest mine around, help for the inexperienced, on Waterfall drive between Franklin and Highlands. HW 64E. Handicapped Accessible.
9770 Highlands Rd, HWY 64E Highlands, NC 28741 (828) 524-5850 www.jacksonholegemmine.com Get Directions
The Mason Ruby and Sapphire Mine is Macon County's Only True "Dig Your Own" Mine (as well as enriched buckets) where customers enjoy a Real Mining Experience for native North Carolina Corundum. All Tools are provided and we'll Teach you how much Fun mining can Be. From Lifelong Rockhounds to the First-Timers, we offer excellent customer service and honest information about Mining and the materials found Locally and from around the World. Guests can also enjoy our quiet Primitive Campground for a Relaxing Vacation. Mining Fees are $30 for 12 years old and up. $15 for ages 6-11, and kids 5 and under are free....This price includes all tools and all the dirt you can dig and wash. We also offer discount Packages and Military Discounts to make your Vacation dollars stretch as far as possible. Just 11 miles from Franklin, Enjoy the Scenic Drive through Historic Burningtown while taking in the Beauty of the Local Natural Treasures some of us call Home! All are welcome~!
6961 Upper Burningtown Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-9742 www.masonsmine.com Get Directions
At Nantahala River Gem Mine the gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Gems and minerals do not all run together. They come from a variety of different mines, wherever that specific gem is found. Many of the mine sites are in remote and not easily accessible locations. The gemstone material is brought to our bagging plant and bagged. It is then brought to our retail location in the Nantahala Gorge for your pleasure and enjoyment. You may search for a variety of precious gemstones including rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, ameythst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, and a continuing variety of both precious and semi-precious gems.
12121 Hwy 19 W Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-6345 www.carolinaoutfitters.com Get Directions
We have many different size pails to choose from just waiting for you to find your hidden treasure. You can also pan the old fashion way in the Little Tennessee River with a shovel and screen. You will fine topaz, rubies, amethyst, emeralds and many other types of stones. We welcome all rock hounds and treasure seekers, it great fun for the entire family. We will help you to identify your stones and we will bag them for when your finished.
210 Robin Lynn Lane Otto, NC 28763 (828) 349-1717 www.primitiveoutback.com Get Directions
Good, Clean Dirty Fun! Located in Franklin, NC, Rose Creek Mine is where you come to dig in our gem tunnel. We provide all equipment and help you to identify the stones. Our miners have found garnets, rubies, sapphires, smoky and rose quartz, amethyst, emerald and more. Lapidary equipment also available in our great gift and rock shop
115 Terrace Ridge Drive Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-3774 www.rosecreekmine.com Get Directions