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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

Closed Now: 10:00 - 15:00
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Mining for Gems

Stopped here while driving to Franklin. Touristy place but fun. Plenty of gems and other things... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
rmpaul
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Ponce Inlet, FL
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Gem of a experience

I stopped by while motorcycling through area on a rainy day. I got a really nice 1 ct. Aquamarine... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Roving819961
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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...more
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9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 October 2013

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY OPINION ONLY. Okay....this was my second trip (in 10 years) to Jackson Hole. There are supposed to be only two kinds of mines in this part of the country--salted or unsalted. For the newer "miners", "salted" mines are where...More

12  Thank Wrosenfelt
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 October 2014

I purchased some very nice fossils for presents.I knew they were over priced but I knew who would like them,so I bought them.A switch was made during bagging.I was sent on my way with trash.Should I go back and ask these low life creeps to...More

11  Thank 1029384756know
Chuck G, Owner at Jackson Hole Gem Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2014

We are sorry that you feel as though you've had a negative experience at Jackson Hole. I can assure you and all readers that no such "switch" would occur at our establishment. We pride ourselves in treating all of our customers as friends. If you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here while driving to Franklin. Touristy place but fun. Plenty of gems and other things to buy. Owner very helpful. We shared a medium sized bucket and got several different stones. We thought it was fun and think kids would have a enjoy it.

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

I stopped by while motorcycling through area on a rainy day. I got a really nice 1 ct. Aquamarine pendant. Then minex a 10$ bucket found so.e nice stones, including a stone containing 2 each 4 carat sapphires or rubies a great experience friendly staff...More

Thank Roving819961
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We took visiting family with a four year old and had a great time. The people there are very helpful, especially with the young one. It's clean and covered so it can be a good place to go on a rainy day with kids that...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Great mine, very clean, very helpful with the young kids. The stone were good size and our 4 year old and 3 year old loved their “treasures”. We made two trips here during our week in the Highlands bc the kids had such a great...More

Thank rdklomp
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Nice family owned business. Weather does not affect operations as the mining area is covered. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank adainsc
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We mailed our godson a bag of dirt (salted with neat rocks) The staff was helpful, and informative. And, you may want to try their hot apple cider. It's worth the visit.

Thank DeaN4U2C
Reviewed 17 January 2018

A friend of us told that the people in highlands usually ate boiled peanuts. We did not know nothing about boiled peanuts, but this family was so kind, talking with us, explaining this traditional snack and giving us some peanuts (both normal and spicy) to...More

1  Thank juangarpo
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Looking at both their website & trip advisor times it says open until 4. Imagine our surprise having driven one hour - because everything in this area takes an hour due to narrow, winding roads - only to find the mine closes at 2:30. We...More

Thank McMarciJ
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Our kids loved Gem mining here they didn't mind the cold weather however the water could have been a little warmer but it didn't stop them. The lady was very knowledgeable and we appreciated the time she took to explain what gems they had found.

1  Thank Christina G
Reviewed 24 November 2017

We typically visit in the summer, first visit in the colder weather. Online everything states a $10 bucket. Arrived to find these are not offered in the non tourist times. It was too late to walk away. No heaters outside. Could have made a few...More

Thank Disneyaddict87
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