This is the real thing if you want to dig for your own rubys. You will literally dig your own dirt from the mining field and sift for gems. The assistans are very helpful and it's a plesant place.

Closed October 1 till March 1.

Low key, not too crowded, fun for everyone, the kids can run around.

*** If you go, do NOT follow your GPS !!! *** Use the directions on their website here:
Masons Mine Website
Watch the video. Print the page. Have fun.

Here's a map for reference

You will want to GPS for Dillsboro, then Macon County Airport, then follow thier directions. It's in the sticks but it's damn cool.

and some photos