Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire mine celebrate being named to the International Gem Society’s Top Ten Places to mine in the U.S. You can sluice through rocks and dirt with a screen and look for precious treasures, including sapphires, garnets, and rutile. The price of admission is low, and the fun level is high, so make it a family outing.


Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine - Franklin, NC

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine – Franklin, NC

The International Gem Society has chosen the great folks over at Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine as one of the top 10 mines in the U.S. to sluice through dirt to find precious stones and minerals all over the country. Here’s the link to the article and the list that you can find them on down in the area of number four.

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The Franklin area have many mines throughout the area, and we also have the Gem and Mineral Society, headquartered downtown near Rankin Square in the middle of historic downtown Franklin. If you’d like to learn a little more about the gems and minerals in the are, start here at the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society and Museum.


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Come by their mine and see why they’ve received such a high recognition from the International Gem Society. Once you’ve had your fill on gemming, stay on to visit more of what we have to offer you in the western North Carolina Mountains. You can find so many things to see and do in Franklin, that you may need to stay longer than you planned! Start by visiting our website at

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!