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Gems and Mines

Gem Mining in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Gem mining at authentic mines in North Carolina is a part of local history, and the potential for finding precious stones of all kinds is huge! You could potentially find many natural gifts the Great Smoky Mountains can share, like ruby, sapphire, topaz, emerald, amethyst, rose and smoky quartz, and more!

Take Home A Special Piece of the Mountains

Gem mining and panning for gold are unique experiences for visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains. This family-friendly activity allows you to experience local history, get your hands dirty, and take home a special, incredibly unique piece of your vacation!

Fun For the Whole Family

The Great Smoky Mountains offers many family-friendly activities and adventures, from horseback riding to ziplining! Gem mining is a great way to spend the day if you want something a little less daring but no less fun! Be sure to plan a gem mining excursion between your kayaking tour, your hiking or biking adventure, or your shopping trip!

A Few Gem Mining Tips

Be sure to wear a hat or bring sunblock if it’s sunny out. Wear clothes and tennis shoes or boots you don’t mind getting muddy. Bring a plastic bag to stow the stones you uncover. You may want to pack a lunch, as well! Call or visit the website of the gem mining site you plan on visiting for more information about what to do and not do while you’re there! But, most importantly, be prepared to have FUN no matter where you go or what you find!

NC Smoky Mountain Gems and Mines

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

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

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

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

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

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