You’ll Have Loads Of Fun At This Dig-Your-Own Mine In North Carolina
Looking for the ultimate fun, family adventure? You won’t have to go far to find it. Right here in North Carolina you can spend the day (or just a few hours) as a real miner; first prospecting, then digging your own buckets of (hopefully rich) soil, and then sluicing it to discover rubies and sapphires from this fun dig-your-own mine in the mountains.
Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine is located at 6961 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin, NC 28734. It is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If it’s raining, they may be closed so you should call ahead if traveling long distances (828-369-9742). Prices for dig-your-own mining are: children under 6 – free; ages 6-11 $15/per miner; ages 12 and over $30/per miner. For the dig-your-own mining option, there are no per-bucket prices. Enriched buckets are available for those who don’t want to dig their own sluicing material from the mine. You can also camp overnight (for a fee) and purchase discounted multi-day dig-your-own mining passes! Learn more on the official website for Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine.
Robin Jarvis is a travel writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She's lived in the Carolinas for nearly three decades and currently resides in Charleston. When she's not working, she loves to cook with friends and check out new adventures. General questions and FAM tours: firstname.lastname@example.org.