Bates Cabins- Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals are nestled on 2 acres of the former Jacobs Ruby Mine surrounded by the
Blue Ridge Mountains this home is ideal for families with small
children and gem mining enthusiasts. The property is open and airy
and the view of the Smoky Mountains from the front porch of this
vacation rental is ideal. For the kids there is a large front yard
with a swing set as well as assorted toys in the shed. The back of
the property features a creek as well.
For the gem mining enthusiasts there is a private flume that is
available only to the residents of Cabin 1. The former Jacob's Ruby
Mine, in fact, much of Cowee Valley, was well known for it's
gem-quality rubies and sapphires. Other gemstones that can be found
are Rhodolite Garnets, Moonstone, Sillimanite, and Rutile.
Everything you need to find these gems is there on the property.
There is virgin, unsalted ore, buckets, a shovel, screens, and a
pump to bring water to the flume.
This log cabin rental is situated between two other mines still open
here in Cowee Valley. Sheffield Mine, featured on the travel
channel, is about one mile east. Cherokee Mine, where the largest
star ruby ever found in North America was found a few years ago, is
about 1 1/2 miles west. Also close to Cabin 1 is Cowee Valley
Lapidary where you can have your gem stones professionally cut and
This cabin rental is right off the paved road and has relatively
flat ground which makes ideal for motorcycle enthusiasts as well.
The large yard offers plenty of area to maneuver and park your
All of our Smoky Mountains log cabin vacation rentals are kid
friendly and pet friendly. Each of our vacation homes has a pac-n-play,
highchair, and stroller as well as safety gates and/or child-proof
door knobs that restrict their access to stairs. The gates on the
porches act to keep your pets restricted and safe as well.
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