Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem Mine
828-524-5850 • US 64 West • Highlands, NCjacksonholegemmine.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
Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine
828-369-9742 • Route 28 North • Franklin, NCmasonsmine.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, NCrosecreekmine.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.
828-369-8383 • 385 Sheffield Farms Road • Franklin, NCsheffieldmine.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, NCfunhorsebackriding.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 seeandystroutfarm.com
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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. Visitgeocaching.com
for a complete list and start your family fun.
Highlands Aerial Park
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 orhighlandsbiological.org
for more information.
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
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