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Trip Planner: USA / North Carolina / North Carolina Mountains / Franklin / Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Historic Mason's Sapphire Mine was originally owned by the Mason family in 1942. It was operated as a commercial abrasive mine. The beautiful purplish pink sapphires were an added bonus! For years now The mine has been operated as a dig your own dirt sapphire mine. Mason's Sapphire Mine is one of only 3 mines in Macon county offering native sapphire dirt. Just last year a 129.5 carat sapphire was found by Mike Taylor from Indiana! On an average day customers find between 10 and 60 total carats. Adults $30, ages 6-11 $15, 5 and under mine for free! Groups of 10 or more $25 per person. Primitive camping is available for only $10 a night. RV sites with electrical hook ups $15 a night. All campsite prices include 2 adults, additional adults are $5 each. Children are free! Sorry but there is no water hookups or dumping station available at this time. Porta potties are on site and maintained daily. Cold drinks, snacks, ice cream, lunch items, t shirts, souvenirs, fire wood etc... available in mine store.Plan your visit to Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Franklin day trip site.
Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine reviews
After arriving with a level of excitement like that of a child looking forward to finding buried treasure, the good and patient people at Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine, elevated our sense of...
After arriving with a level of excitement like that of a child looking forward to finding buried treasure, the good and patient people at Mason’s Ruby & Sapphire Mine, elevated our sense of... more »
It is a little drive outside town but not hard to find. The staff was very nice. I had a relaxing time digging and sifting for the gems that I found.
It is a little drive outside town but not hard to find. The staff was very nice. I had a relaxing time digging and sifting for the gems that I found. more »
We had a fantastic time today at Masons! We found 13.95 carats of sapphire and had so much fun doing it. The staff was so friendly and helpful too. One bit of advice, if you’re not familiar with the area, Google and copy directions FROM THE MINE TO YOUR PLACE for when you leave because there is no reception in that area. Trust me! But again, this was a lot of fun. The staff was great and we will be back next year!
We loved ALL of the staff- they were warm, welcoming and incredibly helpful! If not for Chris, we would have passed up several sapphires. He has an eagle eye for them! The idea of going and digging and bringing it down for the rinse and hunt was very neat. They have sturdy walkways from the dig site to the rinsing area. It was very affordable at $35/per person. The only thing that we were bummed about is the rareness to find rubies! Also the shop had very little on display for purchase. Though, that is not what there establishment is for- it is all about the dig! We wished the bathrooms had been de-winterized, but the good ol' porta potty was clean as a whistle!
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