Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine, Cherokee

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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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  • My husband loves to "mine for gems" at these places. We have been to places like this all over the southeast and he had been to this store before and had a good turnout. However, on this trip we spent...  more »
  • Took my teenage daughter with her friends. They visited here twice due to how friendly the staff was. Very helpful in identifying gems. So much fun. We were staying nearby and they enjoyed just stoppi...  more »
  • My kids were dying to go and dig for gems here. Every time we went passed it I told them no. So this time I decided to give in. There were so many prices and different bags of dirt you could buy to mi...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Found some good ruby's an emeralds had some earrings made for wife.
  • 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!