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Located in the Hills of North Carolina...
My parents started this business in 1965 with I was a small child. Each year we have grown not only with our customers but also with the great friendship we gain from each visitor. Ginger and I (Tom) now own and operate the business that began with my parents. We have continued with support of our faithful customers and new ones that come every year.

We are Family Friendly oriented business, where customers become friends and friends become family. We have our Fall Festival and Spring Fling each year! We love seeing each of the smiling faces throughout the year.

We offer full access for the handicaped to enjoy
all the fun as well. Check in at the gift shop for instructions
to our access road, so you can drive right down to the flume.

At our gem-mine, we offer strictly native dirt at the dig pile, native plus enriched buckets
and all the best help so you can start finding gems right away!

In our Gift Shop we carry a wide variety of snacks and drinks to
keep you going. There is also a nice deli nearby if you need
a little extra and for the really hungry, Franklin is only 12 minutes away.

We also have a wide range of rough specimens from all over the world as well
as from our "back-yard" which is literally our mountain where the mine site is at.
You will see many different types of gold mountings and jewelry already
manufactured from our jewelry bench that will astound most folks.
So stop on by if you can, we will be happy to see you even if it's just
to say hi and catch up on things!

Cowee Gift Shop
Mason Mtn. Mine
5315 Bryson City Rd.
Franklin, NC. 28734