COWEE GIFT SHOP
You find 'Em, We cut 'Em, You wear 'Em! Check in at the gift shop for instructions. Full access for the handicapped to enjoy all the fun. We offer strictly native dirt at the dig pile, 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. 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 located. Many different types of gold and silver mountings and jewelry already manufactured from our jewelry bench. So stop on by. We'll be happy to see you!
All weather fun, rain or shine, gem mining for people of all ages. Store hours are 10 - 4 everyday. Handicapped accessible. Sit in covered comfort and mine for your treasures. Featuring native & enriched gemstones. All equipment is supplied and we offer friendly assistance for the inexperienced. Located on HWY 64E/23S in Macon County, North Carolina in waterfall country 1/3 mile above the breathtaking Cullasaja Falls on Hwy. 28 & US 64 halfway between Franklin and Highlands, NC on one of the most scenic byways in the USA. Jackson Hole Trading Post & Gem Mine has been Family Owned & Operated since 1977. Hundreds of beautiful jewelry items for your selection. Most jewelry items are made on-site by our family of professional craftsmen.
HERITAGE CENTER AND SHOP
Take a stroll through the history and culture of Scotland. Dr. Gordon Teall, Baron of Huntly, and the founder of the Scottish Tartan Society, founded the museum in 1988. This one-of-a-kind museum is the only one in the U.S. located here because there are more people pf Celtic heritage in North Carolina than anywhere else in the nation. Tour starts with a 5000 year old Neolithic village; acquaints you with some of the personages in Scottish history; shows the development of Scottish dress to the present day kilt; Scottish armament; the Scot-Cherokee connection; and exhibits over 600 tartans & more.
GEM MINE RAIN OR SHINE!
Producing great finds in Macon County for over 20 years. We are located on Hwy. 441 North just outside of Franklin, North Carolina. Enjoy 150ft of covered flumes, so you can mine rain or shine. Mining instruction on premises, for your mining pleasure. Find anything from Ruby, Sapphire, Emeralds, Amethyst, Garnet, Topaz, Smokey and Rose Quartz and more. Native Buckets are available along with enriched buckets. Group rates are available. Check out our newly enlarged gem shop and have your stones evaluated for cutting. For our Wholesale customers please join our private Facebook group, Cowee Mtn Wholesale and check our website www.coweemtnwholesale.com
FOOD! FUN! FAMILY!
Mini golf with Traxxas remote control park. 3 courses outside plus inside virtual reality games, pool table, drinks, ice cream, snacks. Traxxas dealer. Remote Control trucks, cars, boats, and parts for sale. Super gift idea! Great place to host your special party – birthdays, church groups, family gatherings. Specials available. Ask about our Summer camps, too.
GEMS, JEWELRY & MUSEUM
Open Since 1958 we are NC's largest Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Store. Jewelry & cut stones, gem cutting & mounting, lapidary supplies, mining information, gem buckets & bags. Featured on the popular “Cash and Treasures” show that airs on TLC weekly. Backed by 3rd generation family jewelers with wide range of services at very reasonable rates. Fabulous FREE World Class Museum! Years of collecting, buying, trading, and accepting private donations, we have accumulated an amazing private collection. Thousands of gem and mineral specimens including fluorescent (glow-in-the-dark) pieces, fossils dating to millions of years old, petrified wood from all over the world, REAL ivory carvings from the Orient, an expansive Native American collection of pipes, tools, and other daily artifacts, and one of the largest, private pre-Columbian collections in the world. All included with your visit!
GEM MINE, CAMPING
Only “Dig Your Own” Native Sapphire Mine in Macon County. In operation since 1942, Mason's is one of the original native mines and has a long and colorful history. You can find sapphires, rubies, garnets, rutile, kyanite, sillimanite, mica and quartz in the native mines of the Cowee Valley area. Open 7 days weather permitting. Call for hours. Also, enriched buckets for those who lack the time or ability to do the full mining experience. Handicap accessible. Primitive Camping.
Rose Creek Mine in Franklin, NC is a family-run gem mine open since 1952. We are one of 2 in the county licensed to dig on our own property and find lots of garnets, rubies, sapphires and other gems. You can dig your own bucket from the mining tunnels or purchase an enhanced bucket. Staff is very knowledgeable about all types of rocks and gems. We label and bag all the gems separately and explain what they are. Family-friendly. Handicap Accessible. State licensed placer mine. Open Mon-Sat. It really is Good, Clean, Dirty, Fun! Come see us soon
IN THE HISTORIC 1850 JAIL
Located in the Old Jail, we have 8 rooms filled with gems and mineral from all over the world! In fact, we have one of the largest collections in the Southeast! And don't forget about our gift shop! Guests are always welcome at our meetings with programs having to do with gems, minerals, rock collecting or jewelry making.
13 acres of aquatic ponds are the home to many varieties of water lilies and lotuses that begin blooming in May and continue blooming into August. Perry's Water Gardens are said to be the largest commercial aquatic nursery in the US and are a must see for the photo opportunist. Water Lilies and Lotuses are also available for purchase. We welcome you to visit us in Cowee Valley, and welcome any questions you may have concerning water gardening.
AND FIBER SHOP
Raising alpacas in the green pastures, under a beautiful blue sky, on a sunny day in beautiful Western North Carolina is really an “affair of the heart”. Operated by Carol and George, whose backgrounds are in teaching and animal husbandry, Skyvue Ranch is a great place to bring the kids (of all ages) to learn about animals that have so much to offer our world. While visiting, check out our gift shop, feed the alpacas, and enjoy our beautiful North Carolina mountains. Call for reservations.
Macon County is located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina. Our purpose is to bring together people interested in history; to discover and collect any object or material that may help establish or illustrate the history of the area; to provide the preservation of historical objects and other materials; and to undertake the preservation of historic building, monuments, and markers. Plan a visit! Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10-41. Call for our winter hours. Admission $5.00 donation.
ARTS & HERITAGE CENTER
Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. Efforts are now underway to preserve and reuse the historic school as a community and heritage center. Offers classes, Folk Festival, summer concert series, community theater, speakers, historical conferences and so much more!