Rose Creek Mine

Useful Information

Location: Franlin, Macon County
Open: APR to OCT Mon-Sat 9-17.
Fee: Adults USD 6, Children (0-8) USD 4, Additional Bucket USD 4.
Classification: MineGem Mine
Light: n/a.
Guided tours:
Address: Rose Creek Mine, Tom and Linda Sterret, 115 Terrace Ridge Drive, Franklin NC, 28734, Tel: +1-828-349-3774. E-mail: contact
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1952 opened to the public.



Rose Creek Mine is one of several gem mines in this area. The local rock contains numerous different minerals, mostly varieties of quartz which may be considered semi precious gems. The minerals found here are ruby, sapphire, garnet, amethyst, citrine, moonstone, topaz, smoky quartz, rose quartz, and quartz crystals. The mining is actually washing dirt. The mine consists of a short tunnel into the hillside with mineral bearing mud inside. What is mined is actually a placer deposit, mud and sand which is the result of the erosion of the rock, which consists the much harder minerals.