Right down the road, Franklin, NC holds the title of the Gem Mining Capital of the World. Sapphire and ruby mining in Franklin became a commercial venture in approximately 1870, and now, visitors can come and play in the dirt to find beautiful gems to take home and remember your trip by, or you can even have a beautiful piece of jewelry created from the treasure you mine. Gem mining is a wonderful way to get outside and experience the mountains by doing something deeply rooted in the history and culture. 

Located in the North Carolina Mountains Near Cashiers

Sheffield Mine

385 Sheffield Farms Rd, Franklin, NC

Rose Creek Mine

115 Terrace Ridge Dr, Franklin, NC 
828-349-3774 www.rosecreekmine.com

Mason Mountain Mine

5315 Bryson City Rd, Franklin, NC
828-524-4570 www.masonmtnmine.org

Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine

6771 Sylva Rd, Franklin, NC

Gold City Gem Mine

Hwy 441 between Franklin & Dillsboro
800-713-7767 www.goldcityamusement.com

Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine

Hwy 64 between Highlands & Franklin