Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mountain Mine

Categories: Gem Mining


  • Family owned & operated
  • Offer strictly native dirt at dig pile plus enriched buckets
  • Conveniently located 5.5 miles from Franklin
  • Handicap accessible
  • Fun for the entire family or group

From the Owner

Brown and Martha Johnson started this business 48 years ago. Now their son and daughter in law Tom and Ginger Johnson own and operate the mine and shop today. The mine has grown over the years to provide you with the best environment for all your rockhounding needs. We offer full access for the handicap 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, 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 about 5 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 located. You will see many different types of gold and silver 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!

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Contact Info
(828) 524.4570
35.2486602, -83.4014374
5315 Bryson City Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Macon County
Hours of Operation
Mon - Sat
9:00 - 5:00
Sundays (June-Aug)
1:00 - 5:00