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The Most affordable and fun Gem Mining & Gold Panning
in Western North Carolina.
Our gem bags are especially designed for our visitor’s different preferences. There are treasure bags, fossil bags, regular gem bags, “rock hound” bags, and family packages. Beginners & seasoned miners, children and adults have ALL enjoyed the gems and treasures from mines around the world.

Rock hound bags have ALL rough stones and precious and semi-precious gems including emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. Our most avid rock hound guests RAVE about our selection of stones!

Other bags may include a variety of rough and tumbled authentic gem stones like:
Citrine ♦ moonstone ♦ rose and smoky quartz ♦ amethyst ♦ tiger eyes ♦ snowflake obsidian ♦ jasper ♦ tourmaline ♦ calcite ♦ agate ♦ septarian ♦ crystals, aventurine ♦ labradorite ♦ unakite ♦ petrified wood ♦ sodalite ♦ peacock ore ♦ hematite ♦ fluorite ♦ apatite ♦ emeralds ♦ and lots more.

The treasure bags have great surprises to delight the kids in addition to gems. Our new fossil bags have a combination of fossils and gemstones. Beware; you can become a “rock hound” before you know it and you will want MORE!

You don’t have to be a kids to have a GREAT time at the Salty Dog Gem Mine at Wagonmaster Ranch Resort.
Affordable fun for all Ages!

Covered water flume with lighting and fans for all weather.
Discounts for Church groups, family reuinions, birthday parties and other groups.
10% off to law enforcement, active military, and seniors over 65.
Ask about wagon rides!

Dates Days and Times
March - May Wed. - Sat.: 11am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm
June - August Mon. - Sat.: 10am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Sept. - Dec. 1st Wed. - Sat. 11am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Gold Panning with concentrated ore
from an ACTIVE Mine!

Ask about our Gift Certificates or Gem bags to go.
We ship EVERYWHERE. Visit our online store

Also at Wagonmaster Ranch Resort
♦ Full service Pull Thru RV site + Self-contained sites ♦ 2 Cedar cabins ♦ Tent camping ♦ Playground
♦ Free picnic areas & natural parks ♦ CLEAN bathhouse with shower
♦ Weekend wagon rides ♦ Shooting Arcades for Paintball and Airsoft BBs
♦ Mini Golf and mini car dune buggy tracks ♦ Bounce Castle
♦ Gift shop and snacks ♦ Pavilion with charcoal grill and electric outlet
 ♦ Fields of the Wood Bible Park  ♦ Blue Ridge Railroad 
 ♦ Rafting  ♦ Zip lines
 ♦ Hiking  ♦ Tubing
 ♦ Golf  ♦ Swimming & Boating
 ♦ Fishing  ♦ Horseback riding
 ♦ Ducktown Copper Mine Museum   ♦ Local Flea Markets