"Franklin - Gem Mining" Top 5 Page for this destination North Carolina Off The Beaten Path Tip by Florida999
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Gem mining is the major attraction in Franklin, just south of the Smokey Mountain Park.
We went to Rose Creek Mine outside of town ( hard to find!) . They let you dig a bucket of dirt with gems out of a pile ( you are not actually IN the mine, they do the hard work for you!!) and then you get to wash it and look for gems. I found a beautiful Garnet and had it made into a ring at one of the jewelers in Franklin.
The kids had a blast, and came home with a bucket of gems.
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