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Gem Mining & Gold Panning at Wagonmaster Ranch Resort
in Western North Carolina.
"Your special memories are waiting for you"

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 kid 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!

Gold Panning with concentrated ore
from an ACTIVE Mine!

The gold is shipped from a gem mine established in 1847.
The mine claims it is the purest gold

in the world in its natural form @ 98.7 pure.

Ask about our Gift Certificates or Gem bags to go.
We ship EVERYWHERE in the U.S.. Call for details.

Dates Days and Times
March 1st - April 30th Wed. - Sat.: 11am to 5pm
Month of May Fri. - Sat.: 11am to 5pm
Memorial Weekend Fri. - Sat.: 11am to 5pm, Sun. 12pm to 5pm.  Memorial Day Monday 11am to 5pm
June 6th - August 14th Tues. - Sat.: 10am to 5pm, Sun. 12pm to 5pm
August 15th - November 24th FRI-SAT 11-5 except Sun, Sep 2nd 12-5 pm and Mon, Sep 3rd 11am-5 pm. Also Sun Nov 11th 12-5 pm and Mon, Nov 12th 11am-5 pm Thanksgiving Week: Open every day but Thurs, Thanksgiving Day
Cabins Open Year Around Except Cozy Cabin closed Dec. - Mar. 15th
Boat Tours Open April - October
Also at Wagonmaster Ranch Resort
♦ Full service Pull Thru RV site + Self-contained sites ♦ 3 Cedar cabins ♦ Playground
♦ Free picnic areas & natural parks ♦ CLEAN bathhouse with shower
♦ Wagon rides ♦ Shooting Arcades for Paintball
♦ Mini Golf and mini car dune buggy tracks ♦ Bounce Castle
♦ Gift shop and snacks ♦ Pavilion with charcoal grill and electric outlet
♦ Charter Boat Tours on Lake Apalachia ♦ Pistol Skeet Range
 ♦ 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