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Gem Mining in North Carolina

Families Will Love Gem Mining in North Carolina

Take home precious memories and possibly some precious stones when you bring your family gem mining in North Carolina. Search for treasure while enjoying a unique experience in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Come gem mining in North Carolina, and you’ll have some good clean fun in the dirt.

Gem mining is a safe, fun activity your whole family will enjoy. P.S. Mom and Dad, gem mining can be educational too. You may spark their interest in geology, but you don’t have to tell the kids that. Make this fun activity part of your next vacation in the Smokies, and discover why gem mining in North Carolina is always one of this region’s most popular attractions.

What Might You Find While Gem Mining in North Carolina?

When you sift through your bucket at a gem mining flume in North Carolina, what are the possible stones you might you find? Well, each gem mine location gets their material from different sources. Native and enriched buckets are often available at our local gem mines. So when you come gem mining in North Carolina, make sure you ask about the different options.

Though there are no certainties about what you will find in your bucket, you might find minerals, precious or semi-precious stones such as: sapphire, ruby, emerald, amethyst, topaz, citrine, tourmaline, ametrine, peridot, aventurine, garnet, moonstone, rose quartz, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine and more. When you’ve found your treasure you can usually get help identifying and evaluating the stones you find, and maybe even cut and set your gems. Imagine having a unique piece of jewelry featuring a stone you found yourself. That’s what gem mining in North Carolina is all about.

Combine Kayaking or Rafting and Gem Mining in North Carolina

Do you want to come gem mining in North Carolina, and also have kayaking or rafting adventure? Good news! In Western North Carolina’s Smokies you can easily combine these two great activities together on the same day!

Yes, there are outfitters in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina that offer river trips as well as gem mining. Nantahala River Gem Mine in Bryson City and Primitive Outback in Otto are two local outfitters that offer river trips as well as gem mining in North Carolina. Kayak or go whitewater rafting and then pan for treasure.

Gem Mining in North Carolina and Other Great Family Activities

In the Smokies region of Western North Carolina you will find gem mines in Franklin: Gold City Gem Mine, Jewelry and Rock Shop; Rose Creek Mine; Ruby City Gems and Minerals; and Sheffield Mine. In Highlands visit Jackson Hole Trading Post. You will be able to find many other great family activities in addition to gem mining in North Carolina!

Make gem mining in North Carolina part of the vacation of a lifetime! Order our Free Travel Guide for more info about the fun things to do in the North Carolina Smokies. We can also help you look for places to stay and suggest some delicious places to eat.

Smoky Mountain Gem Mining in North Carolina

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Fun for all ages! Gem Mine rain or shine in our Covered Outdoor Gem Flume...

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Good, Clean Dirty Fun! Located in Franklin, NC, Rose Creek Mine is where you come...

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Buckets are already dug onsite filled for you. Select your own LUCKY buckets - you...

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Experience the fun and adventure of mining for gems here at Old Cardinal Gem Mine...

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Come and enjoy our beautiful Smoky Mountain vistas as you gem mine by the Cullasaja...

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Artisan Jewelers Genstone & Mineral Gallery is the largest gem and rock shop in North...

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Home of the 1061ct Sapphire! Appraised at $40,000!  Featured in....... People Weekly Disney Adventures Rock...

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Cleanest mine around, help for the inexperienced, on Waterfall drive between Franklin and Highlands. HW...

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The Mason Ruby and Sapphire Mine is Macon County's Only True "Dig Your Own" Mine...