Experience Recreational Gem Mining With Your Loved Ones

Sheffield Gem Mine in Franklin, North Carolina offers recreational mining to the general public. You can spend hours of fun with us and embark on a memorable and potentially rewarding experience.  Plus relax and bring a picnic to stay awhile, we offer shaded picnic/grill areas for your enjoyment!

Admission to the Mine

We charge an admission fee of $20 per person. Each admission will include the following:

  • Two Starter Buckets of dirt – you may choose either one Native Bucket which potentially has rubies and one Regular Enriched Rainbow Bucket or two Native Buckets – your choice!

  • The use of a screening tray, a tin can for your hopefuls, and a film canister to take your definite rubies and/or sapphires home in. If you are going through Rainbow Buckets, you will be given a zip bag that you can put your goodies into.

  • Access to amenities such as seats at our two covered flume lines overlooking our pond and beautiful water lilies, two picnic areas, gas grill, restrooms, and the mule.

You will also receive our cheerful assistance throughout your visit.

Group Rates

Complete your day out with family and friends with an interesting bonding activity. Our gem mining experience is the perfect mix of fun and learning!

For groups of 15 or more miners, the admission fee will be $1 off per person. Each miner will receive a Rock Hound Button souvenir.

Field Trip Reservations

For field trips, reservations are required so we can properly accommodate your students. All you need to do is let us know what date and time you would like to visit.

We can open half an hour earlier to accommodate your group so that everyone gets started before other miners begin to show up. We will also provide the students with a brief history of Sheffield Mine and the Cowee Valley of North Carolina.

Please note that in the summer, field trips can only be scheduled if you are willing to arrive no later than 9 AM. This is to ensure that your students can be seated together and start mining at the same time.

Our Buckets

Additional Native Buckets for $5 each

Additional Rainbow Buckets at $10 each.

We also offer specialty buckets that are a lot of fun and can be shared!  And several gem filled buckets bagged to go for gifts!

Our rainbow-to-go bag is great for at-home parties. It consists of three regular Rainbow buckets in a concentrated form already bagged up and ready to go alongside a gem ID card.

This is what we call a SUPER RAINBOW BUCKET, being that it has 5 times the amount of gemstones and crystals found in the Rainbow bucket, plus several more rare specimens that will never be seen in a Regular Rainbow Bucket!  It also has several stones in a nice specimen size that is good for displaying.  You’ll need a large scoop and Large zip lock bag to put your finds in.

This bucket is called the BIG EASY because much like New Orleans it’s a Party inside. You’ll find so many beautiful crystals and gemstones, twice as many as in the Silver Lining + Larger specimens, and a geode, and one already-cut and polished gemstone, ready to be set in jewelry.  Grab your large scoop and Large zip lock bag for this one.

This bucket is the same size as the Big Easy Bucket but almost two times the gemstones with a whole lot less dirt! It also includes emeralds, special specimens, and one or two precious cut and polished gemstones ready to set.  You’ll need your large scoop and 2 large zip lock bags for this one. In addition to that, you will have an exclusive opportunity to draw our extra lucky Golden Egg Prize Bucket.  1 out of every 10 Mother Lode Buckets contains an extra special golden egg with Cash prize inside!  We promise the surprise is worth it!!!

Specialty Buckets

Emerald Bags and Buckets

These buckets contain emeralds from Brazil.

  • $45 - 500cts (Guaranteed Minimum)

Sparkle Buckets - $25

These buckets include translucent gemstones. We also have these bagged up and ready to go if you so desire.

Fossil Buckets - $20

In our buckets, you can find at least five different varieties of ancient fossils of various animals and plants from Morocco. These are gathered and selected carefully to provide aesthetically pleasing products to our customers.  We have these bagged to go as gifts as well.

Get in Touch With Us

Let us help you have a remarkable mining experience. To learn more about our services, please connect with our team today.