Rose Creek Gem Mine in Franklin NC

Rose Creek Gem Mine - One of Franklin NC's Finest Gem Mines
Good, Clean, Dirty Fun... For The Whole Family!

In my real estate related meanderings around the Franklin NC, Macon County area last week, I stumbled across the Rose Creek Gem Mine. Now, when I first came to Franklin NC in 1993, my kids were 12 and 16 years old. It was then that we had our first Gem Mining experience alongside 441 just south of Franklin.  The kids loved this experience of sifting through dirt looking for GEMS, hoping to find "The Big One"!! It's been a long time since that outing nearly 17 years ago but the memory of it was refreshed in my mind vividly as I observed children, adults and adolescents having the time of their lives playing in the dirt with each other and looking for that ever anticipated "Big One" at Rose Creek Gem Mines

Operating since 1952, Rose Creek Mine is one of 3 state licensed gem mines in Macon County, North Carolina. Centrally located in Franklin North Carolina in the heart of the Smoky Mountains! The Rose Creek Mine is near waterfalls, white-water rafting, Appalachian Trail hiking, museums, antique shops, historic train rides and the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Rose Creek Mine is one of three state licensed gem mines in Macon County. Here you can find rubies, sapphires, garnets, amethysts, citrine, moonstone, topaz, smoky quartz, rose quartz, and quartz crystals.  All equipment is provided and they help beginners. You dig your own dirt in the mining tunnel and wash the dirt away in the covered flume out of direct sunlight or rain! Mine for Gems rain or shine.

Gem Mining is a great field trip for church groups, scout troops, senior citizen groups and others. Rose Creek Gem Mine has an educational program that will fit your needs. Scouts can work on their geology achievements and badges. But you will for sure laden yourself with some precious stones from this rich mine in Franklin NC. Rose Creek Gem Mine a total family experience that will enrich your family with relational gems as well as rubies, sapphires and such!  Don't miss this when you visit our amazing town of Franklin NC!

Gem Mining Rates

Major Miners (over 8): $6.00 each (includes 1 free bucket)

Minor Miners (8 & under): $4.00 each (includes 1 free bucket)

You dig your own bucket of dirt in the mining tunnel.

All refill buckets are $4.00

Special Mining

Super Buckets - $40.00

Mega Buckets - $75.00

Mini Buckets - $10.00 - $20.00 - you keep the bucket

Bags of Gem Dirt to Go - $3.00 ea. or 2/$5.00

Make sure you visit our Rock & Gift Shop before you go! There are lots of interesting specimens to round out your collection. We also carry lapidary supplies.

All major credit cards accepted. Cash works well too!

Can't come see us? Have a treasure hunt at home! Visit our Mail Order Page and see all the exciting things you can purchase. It's fun for the whole family.

You will have a great time at the Rose Creek Mine.  The Starrett Family, Tom, Linda, Sam & Jacob will make sure that you have the most enjoyable time possible here in the Smokey Mountains while mining at their Rose Creek Mine!

PERFECT Family Environment !
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 By special k - Oct 12, 2009


This was my first time mining and i LOVED it ! The atmosphere was very family oriented. Even though we did a salted bucket it was the search of finding that pretty gem. We dug a few buckets ourselves and that was great getting dirty to find a treasure. We felt like two kids playing in the dirt. Being in the mountains mining as a woman you worry about restrooms and they were clean and even had a place to wash your shoes off. The best part is we forgot to get buckets to go for our children and they reopened and sold them to us with no questions and sat, talked and even gave us history about the mines. WONDERFUL job we will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Field Trips and Group Rates

At Rose Creek Mine they offer group packages for schools, rock clubs, scouting groups, senior citizen groups, church groups, youth groups, day care centers and any other educational or social groups you can imagine. There is plenty of parking and a covered picnic pavilion free for your use.

Scout Troops: Work toward your badge, belt and achievement awards.
Educational Program includes:
Brief history of mining in the
Cowee valley Types of rocks and how they were formed
How gems are formed
Hardness Scale
Uses of rocks in every day life

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Joe & Susan Kearse June 24th 2010

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January 4th, 2013 Our first real estate dealing with John Becker (aka Baldhead) was when selling our primary residence in Franklin, NC as he was the agent representing the buyers. Not only did he present a successful contract but the offer exceeded our asking price! Since we were so impressed with his process expertise, responsiveness, and negotiation skills, in 2012 we listed and sold our second home with him. John doesn't just wait around for the "right" buyer to walk in the office he aggressively pursues perspective buyers through professional contacts, extensive Internet exposure, and local advertising. The video John produced of our home was HGTV worthy and initiated immediate interest. Just a few weeks after listing John presented us with an acceptable offer and handled all the details of the process through closing. We were very impressed with his support and communication and would highly recommend his services. If you are truly serious about buying or selling a home in this area you need a full time professional agent with local knowledge, and John Becker is by far the best choice. Graydon & Susan Smith
Sep 10, 2011 John Becker was fantastic as our realtor. He helped us look at houses for over 2 years before we finally found the house we wanted and helped us navigate the short sale and foreclosure process perfectly. At all times he was professional, honest, and responsive. Thank you John and we look forward to having you as our realtor in the future. Thanks Chip & Mary Ann Godwin Chip & Mary Ann Godwin
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Aug 22, 2011 "We have to admit that all of this "Bald Head" business seemed a bit much at first, but it took very little time with him to come to the realization that John "Bald Head" Becker is a very serious and effective real estate broker who in our experience and opinion is simply the best. Not only did "Bald Head" give us focused attention, maintained very active and prompt communications with us but also went way beyond our expectations in anticipating and filling practical needs. We would use him again in a heartbeat and only lament that we cannot also employ him to sell our house in Raleigh. We highly recommend "Bald Head The Realtor" to you and without reservation." Bill & Pam Peterson
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