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Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem Mine

828-524-5850 • US 64 West • Highlands, NC

jacksonholegemmine.com

Featuring native and enriched stones. Located in waterfall country

above the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls on Hwy. 28 & US 64 halfway

between Franklin and Highlands. Gem cutting available, snack bar and

gem shop on site. Covered gem mine makes it the perfect rainy day

activity.

Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine

828-369-9742 • Route 28 North • Franklin, NC

masonsmine.com

Offering native only gem mining, this mine has an abundance of

beautiful sapphires and occasional rubies. It’s one of Macon County’s

oldest and most productive mines. Most will have success their first

time. Dig your own dirt. Located in the Burningtown Community off

Route 28 North. Follow signs.

Rose Creek Mine

828-349-3774 • 115 Terrace Ridge Dr. • Franklin, NC

rosecreekmine.com

Mine for rubies, sapphires, garnets, emeralds and so much more. Rose

Creek has special buckets, gem kits, lapidary supplies, jewelry, opals

and a world class collection of minerals. Dig your own dirt, first bucket

free with admission. Help for beginners, equipment supplied, covered

flume line, clean rest rooms, covered picnic tables and snacks. Group

rates available, as is “gem dirt to go.” Five miles north of Franklin on

Hwy 28, left on Bennett Road before river.

Sheffield Mine

828-369-8383 • 385 Sheffield Farms Road • Franklin, NC

sheffieldmine.com

As featured on the Travel Channel, Sheffield Mine features native

rubies and sapphires (some will “STAR”) or enriched rainbow buckets

with semi-precious gems from around the world. Mine rain or shine at

covered flumes. Also offers picnic tables, snacks and beverages, gem

identification, stone cutting and setting and gift shop.

WhiteWater Equestrian Center

828-966-9646 • 6420 WhiteWater Road • Sapphire, NC

funhorsebackriding.com

Featuring native and enriched stones, WhiteWater is located in

waterfall country above the breathtaking WhiteWater Falls. Find gems

and minerals. Sapphire was named for the sapphire mines in the area.

Open year round.

Andy’s Trout Farm

Located near Dillard, GA on 325 acres of mountain land that

backs up to the Nantahala National Forest, there are plenty

of outdoor activities at Andy’s. Hike to waterfalls, gem mine

or catch some trout for supper from the stocked ponds. For

details, call 706-746-2550 or see

andystroutfarm.com

.

Arrowmont Stables

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Cliffside Lake

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Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played

throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS

devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called

geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.

Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a

strong sense of community and support for the environment.

There are over 400 geocaches in the Highlands area. Visit

geocaching.com

for a complete list and start your family fun.

Highlands Aerial Park

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Highlands Biological Station,

Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

Tour the Highlands Botanical Garden to study the unique

southern Appalachian natural environment. The Botanical

Garden is a must see for the nature lover and serves as a living

museum of labeled native plant species. A guide will take you

along the eight garden trails and show you the various flowers

blooming throughout, each month there is a new flower

blooming. Contact 828-526-2623 or

highlandsbiological.org

for more information.

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Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy this informative 2.5 mile easy walk around charming

Highlands and learn how Highlands developed into one of

Western North Carolina’s greatest getaways. This guided tour

leaves from Old Edwards Fitness Center, and is available for

Old Edwards Inn and Half-Mile Farm guests only. Contact

the Fitness Center at 828-526-8008, ext 2667 for times and

reservations.

Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem

Mine

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Sunset Rock

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Family Fun