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Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
Review Highlights
Superb mining, convenient location, great jewelry store (and faceter)!

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this mine and in fact went back 2-3 times during my stay in... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Connie L
Saint Louis, Missouri
Not a real mine, but nice time

It is a way of spending some time with childs doing something like washing of sand and looking for... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Santander, Spain
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  • Very good17%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“gift shop” (9 reviews)
“gem mining” (8 reviews)
“lots of fun” (5 reviews)
6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-2243
+1 828-369-5271
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this mine and in fact went back 2-3 times during my stay in Franklin. It was convenient to get to (on Sylva Rd.), staffed by a very competent and nice lady at the sluice...and most importantly, I found great...More

Thank Connie L
Reviewed 5 October 2017

It is a way of spending some time with childs doing something like washing of sand and looking for gemes. You can also buy some souvenirs, but they can be from far away (at the worst from china). Just have a look (buy something, if...More

Thank juangarpo
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We had such a great time. We got 1 bucket of gems and one of minerals. It was such much find our treasures. John was the best...he told stories and funny jokes, was informative on our finds, and was a super nice guy! He made...More

Thank Henri A
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We had originally tried to go to Rose mine only to find it was closed on Sunday and then we came to this one. We had a nice lady Judy helping us identify our gems. We got alot of gems that we found. We all...More

Thank Crystal R
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Our large family of 11 arrived and saw all the signs for the types of salted buckets and their cost right away, so it didn't take long to get all of us seated and started. The woman behind the mine was quick and informative on...More

Thank Autumn L
Reviewed 21 July 2017

had a wonderful time with my sisters and niece. the gentleman was very helpful pointing out potential stones that could be polished and cut. Lots of fun for several hours. We did a half a day and that was plenty. All of us left with...More

Thank melody m
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The Cowee Ruby Mine was terrible for what I purchased which was native buckets. It turns out those buckets included (only) stones that were not local. And going even further, the operator claimed the stones were local (I verified they were not) and would not...More

1  Thank DDruff
Reviewed 27 June 2017

My kids (8, & 11) had a blast! The attendant was hilarious and made the time spent even more worth it. My kids loved him! He really brought my daughter, who is normally very shy, out of her shell and got her laughing. He had...More

Thank Pnkmdgt
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

This mine has buckets of rocks for $15 to $100, depending on what kind of material or how much material one wants to sift through. This one is outdoors but there is some shade. An attendant is able to help identify some of the rocks....More

Thank Linstrvlgems
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We had a lot of fun here. Found some nice gems and my neice acutally found one that was big enough to get cut and mounted.

Thank Robin C
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