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Garnet Mine Tours

Barton Mines Road, North River, NY 12856
+1 518-251-2706
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Amazing opportunity!

Where else can you spend one hour and walk out with a handful of semi-precious stones you got... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Houston, Texas
Beautiful spot!

We made the trip on a whim as we were road tripping for the afternoon and didn't realize we missed... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
Schenectady, New York
via mobile
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Outstanding site for collecting unusually large garnets. Staff is extremely friendly and flexible, and rates are reasonable. Even the locals didn't seem to know about this place, and it offers a fantastic alternative to skiing, which seems to be the predominant attraction in the area.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average17%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
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Barton Mines Road, North River, NY 12856
+1 518-251-2706
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Where else can you spend one hour and walk out with a handful of semi-precious stones you got yourself! You can pick up bigger ones or smaller ones or rocks with them embedded in them or something from the shop. I will go back any...More

Thank MyParisMoon
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We made the trip on a whim as we were road tripping for the afternoon and didn't realize we missed the last tour of the day; the girl was very sweet and gave us passes to come back! So we did (and planned it better...More

1  Thank travelheather2016
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We took our kids to this place and were disappointed. Once you arrive, you buy your passes. Then you wait and are lead down to the mine. A guide gives a 5-8 minute explanation of past mine operation. Then you use pain and sieves to...More

4  Thank lmsaeb
Reviewed 31 July 2016

while staying in indian lake, ny we traveled to see the garnet mine - it was different as it was more like a quarry - pit mining thn cave mining - the best part was the experience of looking for real garnets to take home...More

3  Thank karenconnie68
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Getting there is half the fun !! A lovely mountain road with lots of scenery (we were there in summer!) Enthusiastic young guides full of knowledge and history. Time to amble and explore.

1  Thank LYNVET
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Don't be turned off by the long drive up the mountain, this place has Garnets-- and lots of them! There are plenty of little Garnets all over the ground, mixed in with some pieces of Quartz, Mika, and (of course) Granite. A fun and unique...More

Thank Carly L
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is a small area which is just covered with millions of small pieces of garnet from one to four millimeters in size. It's everywhere, which is rather remarkable. But don't expect to find a big nugget in this picked-over area. Fun to say you...More

1  Thank Eric E
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We did the tour and gift shop. The tour consists of a 5 minute talk on the company history, uses of garnet etc. The material up for collection is all garnet chips that can be found on the ground. No digging necessary. As rockhounds that...More

2  Thank Danielle W
Reviewed 16 December 2015

We had folks visiting from California......and ignoring the reviews they really looked forward to seeing a real mine. Well, don't be looking for little carts going into a mine a la The Seven Dwarfs. Keep your sense of humor because you're in for a big...More

1  Thank Chipper A
Reviewed 20 September 2015

I pulled in and apparently the tour had just left, a young kid came out of the gift shop came out and let me know that I could go on up and join the tour and then pay when I returned, but honestly the idea...More

2  Thank TryppAdams
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