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.



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2 days ago
Rose Creek Mine

Happy 4th of July! Open regular hours! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Rose Creek Mine

Tom and I are both covid positive. Closed until Monday. Will wear masks all next week. Bummer. ... See MoreSee Less

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I don't suppose you have a recommendation for another mine to visit this weekend? (looking for those that may be similar to yours.)

Godspeed on your full recovery.

Please take care of yourselves.

Hope you feel better soon!

Hope you two make a full recovery.

Oh no. Wishing you a quick recovery

God Bless Prayers

Feel better

Get better soon. Covid is no fun at all.

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6 days ago
Rose Creek Mine

Closed again today. Negative covid tests but Tom and I still are sick. Hopefully, back open again tomorrow. Thanks for understanding. ... See MoreSee Less

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Get well! We are coming this weekend, hope you'll be open. (But understand if you aren't. )

So sorry. Hope you both feel better very soon!

Get well soon! Apparently there is another round going on now. I have 3 family members that got it the end of last week.

Sorry to hear you are sick. Mark and I send our love to you both!

Praying for a quick recovery....

Get well soon!

Very sorry your sick ..Get well 🙂

Feel Better soon!

Take care of yourselves.

Get well soon

Get Well soon Linda and Tom!

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1 week ago
Rose Creek Mine

Closed today due to possible covid exposure ... See MoreSee Less

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