Operating since 1952, Rose Creek Mine is one of 3 state licensed gem mines in Macon County, North Carolina. Centrally located in Western North Carolina in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, we are near waterfalls, white-water rafting, AT Trail hiking, museums, antique shops, historic train rides and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. 

In our Gem Mine you can find Ruby, Sapphire, Garnet, Amethyst, Citrine, Moonstone, Topaz, Smoky Quartz, Rose Quartz, Quartz Crystals and more! All equipment is provided and we help beginners. You dig your own dirt in our mining tunnel and wash the dirt away in our covered flume. Mine rain or shine. 

Mining is a great field trip for church groups, scout troops, senior citizen groups and others. We have an educational program that will fit your needs. Scouts can work on their geology achievements and badges.


We have a terrific rock and gift shop with lots of good gems and minerals to round out your collection. We carry ornamental pieces and lapidary supplies. We also have a covered picnic area and a small playground for the pebble pups. Gem Dirt to Go is also available.



Cold and muddy at the mine today but glad some customers toughed it out. William Holland folks came by today and added to the fun! I'm ready for a big cup of hot tea and fuzzy slippers. ... See MoreSee Less

Closed today (Monday, Sept 11) due to Irma's wind and rain. ... See MoreSee Less

We're back and ready to welcome miners again. Sorry if we missed anyone while we were away. We do so appreciate our repeat customers and the chance to meet new ones. ... See MoreSee Less

Just a reminder, we are closed September 5,6 and 7. See you on September 8! ... See MoreSee Less