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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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Excellent gem mining

Our visit to jackson hole provided us with a beautiful array of various gem types to take home. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tampa, Florida
via mobile
Kids Love It!

I have 2 boys and every time we visit Highlands, Jackson Hole Gem Mine is on the top of heir to do... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Atlanta, Georgia
via mobile
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Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built in 1952. We are located exactly 9 miles from beautiful downtown Highlands, and 9 miles from downtown Franklin. We are 1/3 of a mile from the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls (means "sweetwater" in Cherokee). Also, 5 miles from Dry Falls (seen in The Last of the Mohicans). Our guests can browse our huge rock shop and gift store, or eat hot boiled peanuts on our front porch overlooking the beautiful Cullasaja River. Our gem mine is all weather fun for the whole family. Macon County is considered the "Gem Capital of the World" for a reason! Come and buy a bucket to sift! Small Buckets are $10 each, and one per person. Ultimate Buckets are $30 each or 2 for $50. These buckets are big and can be shared! We also have a $100 Bucket Club. This bucket is great for families. With this, you receive a $45 free cut of a gemstone that you find! Chuck is a master lapidary and we can help you choose what would be the best thing in your find to cut! We are handicapped accessible and very kid/pet friendly.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
+1 828-524-5850
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our visit to jackson hole provided us with a beautiful array of various gem types to take home. The workers were very polite and helpful in identifying the gem types as well as offering the opportunity to have our gems cut into various forms of...More

Thank Islander680
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have 2 boys and every time we visit Highlands, Jackson Hole Gem Mine is on the top of heir to do list. I enjoy it as well. Any age will enjoy but if you want to make your youngens happy, this is a must...More

Thank Imogtirol
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Had driven by the Gem Mine many times and finally decided to stop in. The Gift Shop featured all types of gems and crystals. For twenty dollars, you could buy a "gem bucket" and do your own mining. It was a fascinating place to visit.

Thank edward d
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Hello! On Sunday, May 28, 2017, we had been to all of the Falls and stopped at your establishment about 3:30ish. There were the 4 of us and only my 12 year old daughter wanted to mine for gems, so my husband came inside and...More

1  Thank Cindy L
Chuck G, Owner at Jackson Hole Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Cindy, We are so sorry to hear about your disappointment. Here at Jackson Hole, we like to keep our guests happy. We replied to your email regarding this matter, and we hope to hear from you so that we can make this problem right. Jackson...More

Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Found the info at a rest stop decided to go. We were the only ones there as most everyone was back in school already. My son and I had a blast sifting the sand and everyone was very friendly. Can't wait to go back.

Thank AnnMarie P
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Great place to mine for gems. Have been to many mines in the Franklin area, this is by far the best! Yes, they salt their buckets, but isn't that what it's all about- finding gemstones. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. They will also...More

Thank JAH20132013
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We've experienced several of the area's local gem mines over the last decade and always end up back at Jackson Hole for another treasure hunt each year. Larger buckets tend to have the larger stones in general. We've had a dozen or so gems cut...More

5  Thank lhaiglerjr
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Best gem mining place I've visited. Not only did we get a wide variety of gems in our 2 for $50 buckets, but they were big and beautiful. Kids loved it. Lots of adorable items in their shop. Mention website discount for 10% off. The...More

2  Thank hecasi
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We have young children and were looking for a fun activity in the mountains. Both the kids and adults enjoyed this stop.

1  Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is always a fun stop on the road between Franklin and Highlands, NC. Purchase some pails of dirt dug from nearby riverbeds and sit at the water flowing troph. They give you sifting trays and good instructions. A half an hour later, you have...More

3  Thank Jim W
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