Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine, Cherokee

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  • Seeing other terrible reviews now I don’t feel so bad. Both of the gentlemen who were working that day were super rude, seemed frustrated we even showed up which was really annoying because I didn’t e...  more »
  • We had a wonderful time! We panned for over an hour and had a blast! We were instructed on what to look for and assisted with any questions we had. The staff was friendly and courteous! Made some grea...  more »
  • This is where to get down and dirty to pan for gems. My kiddo is a rock hound and she had an absolutely fantastic time.  more »
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  • Amazing. Definitely recommend the $50 and $100 buckets if you love gems! Go when it’s warmer for those unless you have a few hours. When it’s cold smaller buckets don’t take too long to mine. Love the stones love the staff. Amazing experience. I mine a lot in so many places and this has been the best value and experience I’ve had! Definitely recommend 💯.
  • The kids had a blast "mining" for gems. The attendant was so helpful and kind. Pricing is reasonable. This is one of the nicer gem mines we've visited. The lady in the gift shop during our visit was a little "off putting" as she followed us around, but that wouldn't keep me from going back. I recommend visiting if you're in the area!
  • Super cute store with very attentive and kind staff. My 5 year old loved it and there was a great selection of souvenirs in every price range. We will definitely stop by again!
  • Fun place and good price. Attendants were super friendly and so knowledgeable. Great place to start looking for and learning about gems. Has lapidary on site.
  • It was absolutely wonderful! There is a large trough for sifting through buckets worth of gems and stones, and you really get your money's worth on the buckets! It's fun for kids, but also loads of fun for adults as well! We bought a $50 "variety bucket" and went home with rubies, emeralds, citrines, amethysts, smokey quarts, and topaz! There's even a free "identity your rocks" service! I highly recommend it!

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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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