Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine, Cherokee

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  • August 5, 2017
    This is our 2nd year returning to this attraction. We liked it so much we decided to give it another whirl. The staff are friendly and explain how to look for the gems and will identify them to you as...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    It was something new to do and very neat! I did appreciate that someone was able to take time with you and explain what you found. The only thing I did not like and because I am not one who likes to w...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We bought 2 $12 buckets and then 1, $50 and everyone found plenty of gems. The only recommendation I would make is during the assessment is to separate t...  more »
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  • May 4, 2017
    Would give 0 stars if possible. Took my son here last weekend and was so let down. We frequent a gem mine in our local town and love doing it. This was nothing like what we are used to. The buckets are a joke. Gravel with tiny and I mean TINY gems, but 70% carp. Employee was very rude and just seemed annoyed with everyone. We brought first time gem mining friends and they were so discouraged. Taking them to our local place to show them how a real business is run. Avoid this place and save your money for something worthwhile!
  • July 4, 2017
    This was a bit of a letdown. My father in law was wanting to pan for gold, the only thing he wanted to do on our trip. We passed several other places on our way here to find out they were out of gold ore! We still did the gem mining, but only because we were there. The town of Cherokee exams the saving grace for this stop. The adults found some shoppes to roam thru and the kids found a great water hole to splash around in before getting on the road again.
  • May 27, 2017
    August 2008- my family was first time there. We look if rock have color real in water clean out dirt. I not have real rock much. 😢 Yes, so enjoy fun!
  • June 14, 2017
    Found some good ruby's an emeralds had some earrings made for wife.
  • October 11, 2016
    My boyfriend and I went to Gatlinburg for his birthday in Feb. We stumbled across this fun little place and decided to see what we could find. We opted for the larger $35 bucket and had a great time sifting through the dirt and picking out the stones. We found a ton of little stones, and some large, impressive stones too. My favorite color is blue, so we chose a blue topaz to have cut. This past weekend my boyfriend proposed with the stone! I will always remember this experience!

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Where to stay in Cherokee

Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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