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 »
  • 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 staff is so sweet. Especially the older gentleman helping us! What great customer service. The prices are more than fair. And it was soooooooooo much fun.
  • 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!
  • Lots of mining bucket options ranging from cheap to expensive. They will sort out what you find for free, and you can get gems cut and made into jewelry for a fee! The store is cool too.
  • When we walked up no one was around. Was going to go into the the store and noticed prices on the board. Went to walk up for prices and a man spear and said this side is closed you have to come here. So we walked around to the other side and my husband and I were discussing what kind of bucket we were going to get and when we were going to pick the $20 gold bucket he said out of season pick something else. He had a bad additude. I finally said you tell me then. He started rattling of. I was not pleased with our service . We need up sharing one $10 mystery bucket. When you are done you are suppose to go in and have them access what kind of gems you found but when we went inside no one was there. We stood there looking around for a few minutes for help we decided to leave. No one ever came. Had fun mining but the service was terrible
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