Visitors can pan for gold and screen for such gems as rubies, sapphires and emeralds at this mine that was the site of the ... More
Dukes Creek Gold and Ruby Mines
Visitors can pan for gold and screen for such gems as rubies, sapphires and emeralds at this mine that was the site of the first major discovery of gold in the United States. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the one-of-a-king gift shop that features Indian pottery, sterling silver jewelry, artifacts, gems, prehistoric fossils, and more.
The shop (mine) is run by some very nice folks who have a lot of interest in gems and precious metals. They know a lot about the industry and can show you how to pan for gold. The ruby and sapphire buckets are good as are the gold buckets. From my experience, it's one of the better gold buckets of all the mines in the area. Duke's Creek Mine gold is not hair strands, but comes from crushed rocks, so it's easy to retrieve from the pan. I only wish the yeild was better for the price.
This was one of the best parts of our trip. We were able to slow down and spend some real time together. Reasonable prices; you pick a bucket, priced according to what types of stones are in there, and sift through it, picking out the stones. The two owners were so friendly, and never got annoyed with us. :) I will certainly go back.
We are a family of four with an 8yo boy and a 20yo girl and EVERY ONE of us had a BLAST!! It's just off the road, plenty of free parking and includes a store as well. I had one of my gems cut ($45)& it's beautiful. Extremely helpful husband/wife owners - very kind and very knowledgeable. Cooler & more comfortable than mine in Delonegha. Don't miss this. We will definitely go back!
The opportunity to mine for gold and gems was most memorable for my husband and myself. It was our first trip.
The attendants were very helpful and patient with the various questions even though I am sure each question is asked 100 times per day.
Now I am trying to figure out how to make a few pieces of jewelry out of the beautiful gems I found.
I highly recommend a visit to Duke's Creek Mine.
They were so nice and helpful while we were panning for gold. We were not doing a good job and needed alot of help and they never got mad they were just so nice. we spent 10.00 and were there for 2 hours. Where else can you get 2hrs of fun for that price
Duke's Creek Mine is a great place to take out of town visitors of any age! It was fun for everyone from 6 years old to 64 years old. The easy drive from Lawrenceville, GA was little over an hour but well worth it. We had planned to stop at Duke's Creek then head for Helen, but never made it to Helen. Stones were easy to find for the younger ones but smaller stones were as challenging as the older ones wanted to make it. Everyone left with their own bags of treasures.
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