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Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mountain Mine

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Gems and Fun

The owners Tom and Ginger are honest, helpful and add fun to your experience. Great place for all... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Tdbowl
Best Gem Mining!!

We loved this place. The owners and their son were very helpful identifying what stones we found... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Rachael S
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“native dirt”(15 reviews)
“salted bucket”(9 reviews)
“gem mine”(10 reviews)
About
Tom and Ginger Johnson own and operate the mine and shop. The mine has grown over the years to provide you with the best environment for all your rockhounding needs. We offer full access for the handicap to enjoy all the fun as well. Check in at the...more
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5315 Bryson City Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-0422
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+1 828-524-4570
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 September 2008

Unlike the two other Mines I wasted my time and money with during my trip to Franklin. This Mine made up for every let down I had experienced! The staff are completely knowledgable about every stone you find, from the stones beginning to how to...More

25  Thank Nashville_TNBiker
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 September 2012

On the way out of the Cowee Valley, I decided to stop and get a bag of dirt to go. Well, Mason Mtn. Was the only one in that area to do so. I wanted a bag of native so he pointed me to the...More

10  Thank Rob_Brooks52
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

The owners Tom and Ginger are honest, helpful and add fun to your experience. Great place for all day fun!

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We loved this place. The owners and their son were very helpful identifying what stones we found and were happy to help! They give you a 5 gallon bucket. We had 8 people all use the same bucket, as we had some young kids in...More

1  Thank Rachael S
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Our third time here. Great friendly staff and willing to help and answer your questions. Our third time here and will make this an annual trip. We have found many gemstones in our digging from their “unsalted” dirt pile. Be certain to wear old clothes...More

1  Thank Journey315066
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Spent the day mining with my Uncle, who had been mining in the Franklin area a few times a year for about 50 years. He's been visiting Mason Mountain Mine exclusively for the last 20. Impossible to overstate the experience here. The owner greeted us...More

1  Thank ragle_336
Reviewed 26 April 2018

My wife and I stopped off to get our hands dirty and were treated to our best gem mine experience yet. The staff was “hands on” and helped identify our newly found treasures. I highly recommend this place for a nice time discovering the gems!

1  Thank Hasbro-MLD
Reviewed 16 March 2018

People were Friendly, Prices were reasonable, had a great time. Unfortunately, in early March opening times may vary. web site said opened at 9am didn't open until 1pm, so we didn't get to do the dig your own. Will go back and try the did...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

This place is great! The openers are great and it is a real mine with real gems coming out of it! Don't go anywhere else - dig in the native dirt pile - brought down from the mine daily - and watch the amazingness that...More

2  Thank Marglenna
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We went to several local mines on this trip. We stopped at the Cowee Gift Shop and spoke with Ginger, one of the owners. She was very helpful and friendly. We told her of our other disappointing experiences and she politely and professionally suggested that...More

3  Thank Dean R
Reviewed 13 August 2017

The rhodolite is worth going for but the rubies and sapphires are not native. They are added to the pile. The rhodolite is rough and the ruby and sapphire are water worn. If all was native, they all would be water worn or rough and...More

2  Thank rockdoctor48
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We made our way to the mine and had a great time. We have two daughters 10 & 14 and they had a great time. We took dirt from the native pile and found a lot of garnets, some rubies and sapphires. A woman next...More

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Jeanne P
13 August 2016|
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Response from texdawg89 | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes but there is some slight incline and there are no provisions for getting up close to the "trough" where the water runs to sift through the dirt to find stones. However, the owners are Christians and very... More
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Angela H
12 April 2015|
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Response from Adrian H |
If I'm not mistaken, salted means there are stones added to the dirt to guarantee finding something. Unsalted means nothing was added, so you'll only find what nature put in that particular pile of dirt.
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