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 weeks ago
Rose Creek Mine

We will be closed from Sunday 9/5 through Sunday 9/12 for family events. We will reopen Monday, 9/13. Thanks for understanding.
Hope everyone has a good Labor Day.
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1 month ago
Rose Creek Mine

Due to weather conditions, Rose Creek Mine will be closed on Tuesday, August 17. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
Rose Creek Mine

Rose Creek Mine will be closed the week of August 9th for repairs and maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will reopen for regular hours again on August 14. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for the heads up!!

Will you still be opening tomorrow? What hours?

3 months ago
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Best mine I have been to yet and I've been to every single one of them ! The owners are amazing and knowledgeable! We got huge rubies and sapphire and emeralds and an amazing amount of amethyst and other crystal. I recommend for sure ,bring the family. There's a cute picnic area and playground. It was easy getting in and out of the parking lot and the roads were easy to drive on . And the rock shop was amazing, I got a huge slab of amethyst from them ,love it and he threw in the stand for free !! Just amazing ! Thanks guys from the Satterfields

Love this place

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