Gem mining is a vacation activity our entire family enjoys and we've visited a number of mines in the NC mountains. Cowee Mountain is by far our favorite. The flume is located along the highway so it's easy to reach and NOT a muddy mess reached by a terrifying drive up a twisty dirt road like so many mines. It is also covered so mining here can be a sunny or rainy day treat. The screens are smaller than at some of the other mines we've visited and that's a major plus because they are much easier to handle when you're mining with children. There are numerous choices of native or enriched buckets to suit every budget. On a recent visit, my husband and I bought two "deluxe" native bucket ($15 each) which we were told come from a "better area of the mine." We found several dozen rubies and sapphires--many of which were "cuttable" gems, including a 200 carat sapphire and a 100 carat ruby. On a second visit with our children and grandkids--ages 3, 5 and 7--we purchased two enriched buckets ($25 each) for the kids to share. The buckets contained an astounding number of gems and the kids absolutely loved finding the brightly colored stones. Each child was also thrilled to find an arrowhead in the bucket! John at the flume was very helpful and was terrific with the kids. We highly recommend the Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine for a great gem mining experience for the entire family!
My family and I had a great time /i bought my chrildren a "salted" bucket and they found a lot of diffrent gem stones my wife and I got the native dirt, I found a few small sapphires and 2 nice rubys but my wife found a 146 carat ruby, John at the flume was very helpfull and the kids loved him.
we went to a couple mines in franklin and found Cowee mountian ruby the best one in town this is the only mine in franklin we will go to on our next visit.
This property is situated atop a mountain and offers a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains from many of the
rooms. The hotel is one mile from downtown Franklin, and is located near Western Carolina University, Southwestern Community College ...
Available from mid April through October, these two private and spacious vacation homes offers spectacular views and feature two bedrooms,
two baths, large decks with screened porches, picnic tables, ceiling fans, wood stoves, and washers and dryers.
Dig your own dirt for native stones at this mine that offers assistance to beginners with all tools supplied plus
features picnic tables and a covered flume in a cool, mountain atmosphere. Open from 8 5 seven days a ...
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