Upon arrival at the Little Pine Gem Mine, on our three-hour tour, you will have a chance to dig for garnets in the tailings and enjoy a picnic lunch if you decide to bring one. Your guide will show you what garnets look like in the rough and will assist you in digging for them. We provide tools for horseback customers only. The garnets are gem quality, and you keep what you find!
For those who do not want to horseback ride to the mine, the mine is accessible by car with a short walk. You cannot drive all the way to the mine. Tools are not provided. You must bring your own tools. Check in is at the horseback riding office. We are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. One Gallon Limit!!!
I would also recommend the 3 hour tour. Trails gave you plenty of different types of terrain but nothing too challenging. My 8 yo daughter had no problem on her own and was matched well with the horse as was I. We unfortunately could not go into the gem mine but there are still plenty of garnet in the tailings around mine. The horses seemed to be well taken care of and they seems to be pretty organized there. - Matthew S.
We are currently open for business and following North Carolina safety guidelines.
Please arrive at least 30 mins early. If you arrive after your start time your tour may be cut short.
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Pricing! There is a $10 Savings on all Horseback Tours if you make your reservation over the phone.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
1459 Caney Fork Road
Marshall, NC 28753
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