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.



Last Day this year is Saturday, October 29th! ... See MoreSee Less

We're opening at 10am this week due to the expected cold. Brrr...
Come see us for our last week of the season!
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The family that mines together...finds together? Amy B from Huntsville, AL and her family had some great finds, but Amy gathered the most sapphires. Her biggest was 110ct. She also found a 45ct sapphire and a 15ct ruby. ... See MoreSee Less

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Justin K of Harrisburg, PA had a good day finding this 100ct (we're rounding up...it was really 99.5cts) on Thursday. ... See MoreSee Less

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