Gem Mining


At the local Gem Mine, you can “mine” a flume line. Some “Mines” also have gemstone ore to screen thru to find your own precious gems. If you want to mine the old way, you can actually get into the river at some “Mines” and use pans, sluice boxes, or even a dredge. Come and enjoy the learning experience of working with experienced miners and prospectors. This can be a fun outing for the entire family....

Old Cardinal Gem Mine

Let us take you back to a simpler time and a simpler way of life. Set among the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, The Old Cardinal Gem Mine provides an enjoyable experience for the entire family
828-369-7534

Old Pressley Sapphire Mine

OLD PRESSLEY SAPPHIRE MINE-The mine is well known for Star Sapphire, two of the world’s largest sapphires were found in the mine and registered in the Guinness book of World Records. It is an original mine were you dig your own dirt and have a great time playing in the mud. Watch your pan closely as you flume a sapphire could pass right on by. Open year round 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 828-648-6320
828-369-7534, 877-903-4754

Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine

828-497-6574