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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.

 

 


Dean and Joe closed us down again this year. Thanks everyone for a terrific season. See you in the spring! ... See MoreSee Less

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The season is winding down but not the big finds. Marybeth A from Camden, TN pulled out a 610 ct sapphire. Then mom found this really unusual crooked piece of kyanite. ... See MoreSee Less

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Arlo C from Banks Co, GA found a 540 ct sapphire Saturday! Nice job! ... See MoreSee Less

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OK, We're opening at 10am each day (closed Sunday) until October 31st. Too cold to mine til then! ... See MoreSee Less

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