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Jackson Hole Gem Mine

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Address: 9770 Highlands Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8821
Phone Number: +1 828-524-5850
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Jackson Hole Gem Mine has been a family owned business since it was built...

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 (means "sweetwater" in Cherokee). Also, 5 miles from Dry Falls (seen in The Last of the Mohicans). Our guests can browse our huge rock shop and gift store, or eat hot boiled peanuts on our front porch overlooking the beautiful Cullasaja River. Our gem mine is all weather fun for the whole family. Macon County is considered the "Gem Capital of the World" for a reason! Come and buy a bucket to sift! Small Buckets are $10 each, and one per person. Ultimate Buckets are $30 each or 2 for $50. These buckets are big and can be shared! We also have a $100 Bucket Club. This bucket is great for families. With this, you receive a $45 free cut of a gemstone that you find! Chuck is a master lapidary and we can help you choose what would be the best thing in your find to cut! We are handicapped accessible and very kid/pet friendly.

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Unique and fun place!

Great people, great product and great value! A unique North Carolina experience. Enjoyed our visit tremendously!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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Lake Placid
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Great people, great product and great value! A unique North Carolina experience. Enjoyed our visit tremendously!

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Took three kids and three adults here to mine (really, to pan) for gems. It was a lot of fun for the kids, they make sure there is plenty for the kids to find in the buckets of dirt. The guy working the "mine" was super friendly and helpful. Seemed kind of expensive at first ($50 for a bucket of... More 

Thank Jonathan F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend this place for those who want to gem mine but don't want to spend all day at it or get wet etc. Owners were fantastic and helpful. The young man who helps outside was so kind and knowledgeable. If your kids are 5+ definitely just go ahead and get the 2 buckets for $50. You get a lot... More 

1 Thank Sgatraveler
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Our kids absolutely loved this place! They found lots of gems and had a blast... Definitely a highlight of our NC vacation!! The cherry cider is very good too!

1 Thank Jennifer S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We purchased the large bucket of sand and rocks. It was full of gems for the kids once we washed away the sand. Afterward the staff told us what gems we had in our booty. Very nice

1 Thank Rhschnauss
Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This would be a great place for kids to "mine" for gems. You purchase a bucket of sand and filter it through water. It's a small facility, but it looked like fun. The store was clean and the tenants very nice. You can buy cold drinks for your journey here.

1 Thank Marlee319
Lakeland, FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Don't kid yourself, it's all fake but don't tell the kids. They "sell" two buckets of sand filled (salted) with real "GEMS" for $50 as well as smaller and larger buckets. That was enough for four kids, two supervising parents and one grandpa who as the designated driver played solitaire on his iPhone. Kids scoop sand out of the buckets... More 

2 Thank BobbyBaum
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We visit the area every summer and our kids love to find rocks or gems. We tried other mining places in the past, but this one was by far the best! Extremely friendly staff and we could not believe the quantity and variety of gems and stones that we found in just the $10 buckets. We will be back again!

1 Thank Curtis R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We stopped in on our way to Dry Falls and worked our way through the store. Rooms feature gems,jewelry, and some food stuffs. A very nice group of people with no pressure. Kids were enjoying the demo areas. Good for a short visit or if you are looking for a specific piece. Staff very helpful.We'll stop again when we have... More 

Thank James H
Lighthouse Point, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

What a fantastic time we had. The people are extremely friendly and the mineral cleaning area is a ball! We bought a $100. bucket, smaller ones are available, found a beautiful assortment of gem stones and had a number of them cut on-site for Christmas presents. What a Blast. The cutters did an outstandingly beautiful job cutting the stones. Fantastic... More 

2 Thank Prussian1951

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