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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

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Address: 9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
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+1 828-524-5850
10:00 - 16:00
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Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built...

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.

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Great gem mining expert advice

This is a great place for gem mining and they cut stones you find for great prices. The staff understand a lot about gem stones and they make sure you don't miss any gems.

Reviewed 19 May 2016
Phil H
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Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for gem mining and they cut stones you find for great prices. The staff understand a lot about gem stones and they make sure you don't miss any gems.

Thank Phil H
Brevard County, Florida
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Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Lots of jewelry, precious stones, area souvenirs in the quaint little shop. Gem mining set-up to learn how to separate the dirt from precious stones. Interesting concept.

Thank Rita S
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

We were looking for activities to do as a family a with two young teens. We stopped in with very limited expectations and upon beginning our mining experience we were surprised at how easy and fun it was. We were there by ourselves which allowed the young man helping us to provide hands on support and he helped us identify... More 

1 Thank HappyTraveler02052
Schriever, Louisiana
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

On a day of looking at waterfalls we came across this little stop that had gem picking in back but a nice selection of stones and jewelry in the shop. Picked up some nice things for grandkids and enjoyed looking around. Easy access off the winding road.

1 Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed 18 March 2016

Always wanted to look for gems!! Very helpful staff they were very good explains all the gems to the children lots of fun to find emeralds and rubies.neat other stuff to buy in the store.

3 Thank Jacky S
Florida, United States
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We made a 1 1/2 hour trip out to the Jackson Hole Gem Mine from Murphy N.C. and did not regret it. Our younger children panned for mines and got some great gems including some rough rubies and emeralds. The young man who helped us made our visit even more special by teaching us different facts about gems. Our children... More 

2 Thank mamamiaof3a
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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178 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

We bought a large bucket of sand, stone & gems for $100. They gave us a $45 credit to cut & polish any gem- stone we wanted. The help was outstanding & we had a great time mining. It is a kid friendly place as well. Very enjoyable plus a wonderful shop to buy items of many minerals etc. We... More 

3 Thank islanderuu
West Palm Beach, FL, United States
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

The buckets are a little smaller and are definitely "enhanced" with gems and pretty sparkly things. Just enough to get you hooked on mining. The sandier soil makes it easy for anyone to "sluice" and the place is very clean (outhouse included). The cut gems in the store are a bit overpriced but the quality is good and they are... More 

2 Thank Diana G
Athens, Georgia
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53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2015

It was pretty much just an average store, selling gems and other souvenirs. We pulled off thinking we would do the whole mining experience, but it was just overpriced and lackluster.

Thank Georgia_Peach30650
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Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

My husband and I are 66 and 72 years respectively. We had never done anything like this B4, but had a terrific time mining for precious gems. This is good for every member of the family - from children through grandparents. A lot of fun, and educational. The staff teaches you about what you have found.

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