Are you looking for Maggie Valley cabins located near fishing and gem mining hotspots? Well, look no further because we have information on all three – cabins, fishing holes and gem mining hotspots. They’re all located in or near Maggie Valley, North Carolina, in the western part of the state near the Great Smoky Mountains State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Popular Fishing Spots Near Our Maggie Valley Cabins

Open season for trout fishing in Maggie Valley runs from July 1st through the last day of February. There is an annual free fishing day in North Carolina, when you don’t need a fishing license of any kind to fish in any body of water in the entire state that is open to the public. It always falls on July 4th. Most inland waterways require a regular inland fishing license, but there are special designated waterways in Haywood County, NC, listed below, which require only a 3-day license at a $5 rate (at this time).

  1. Jonathan Creek – This lively creek runs right through the heart of Maggie Valley. It is a state-stocked creek and has been designated as one of the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. That means you can get a special 3-day license to fish in Jonathan Creek or any of the other Heritage Trout Waters. If you stop by the Visitor Center of Haywood County at 1110 Soco Road, they will not only give you a free tackle box with lures and flies, but also lend you a fly rod or spinner rod. Stop by the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce to purchase your 3-day license. If you stay at Meadowlark Motel, you can step out of your cabin and go fishing in Jonathan Creek – the property has 200 feet of creek-front for guests to enjoy.
  2. Richland Creek – Located in neighboring Waynesville, the Richland Creek Public Fishing Area offers fishing access for handicapped anglers. Your 3-day Mountain Heritage fishing license will also cover fishing in this lovely creek. Richland Creek is also a state hatchery-supported creek.
  3. Here is a list of all Haywood County Trout streams.

Popular Gem Mining Spots Near Our Maggie Valley Cabins

There are a few of these in Maggie Valley. Gem mining is popular throughout the mountains, from Asheville to nearby Franklin, NC, and beyond.

  1. Maggie Valley Rock Shop & Gem Mine – Located at 3894 Soco Road in Maggie Valley, the Maggie Valley Rock Shop offers gem mining, gems for sale, Himalayan salt products, mineral specimens and more. Learn more at
  2. Cherokee Ruby Mine – Located in Franklin, NC, this business allows you to mine for native gems, including rubies and sapphires. It’s located at 41 Cherokee Mine Road.
  3. Rose Creek Mine – Also situated in Franklin, NC, the Rose Creek Mine has rubies, topaz, quartz crystals, sapphires and more gems waiting to be discovered. The address is 115 Terrace Ridge Drive.
  4. Emma’s Place – This gem mine has rubies and sapphires and is located at 1884 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC.
  5. Asheville-Biltmore Gem Mine – Now located at 1997 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, NC, this mine guarantees that nobody in your group will go away empty-handed. All of your finds will be identified on-site and you’ll receive a rock ID card to take home. Your gem mining can produce everything from emerald and aquamarine, to rubies or sapphires. If you find an heirloom, you can have it cut into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
    The Asheville-Biltmore Gem Mine offers fun gem mining for the whole family, in addition to a collection of jewelry by local artists.
  6. Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine – Situated at 13780 Highway 226 South in Spruce Pine, this gemstone mine features mining trips to two mines: Hoot Owl Mine and Brushy Creek Mine. Of these, the Brushy Creek Mine offers an abundance of aquamarine for rock hounds. But you also might find amethyst, garnet, ruby, emerald or other gems. Additionally, they offer special events, jewelry making, a retail store and more.

Maggie Valley Cabins Near Fishing and Gem Mining Hotspots

Book a stay at the Meadowlark Motel in the heart of Maggie Valley, and you’ll be just a short walk or drive from all of the fishing and gem mining hotspots listed above. Meadowlark Motel offers a complimentary breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi, along with an assortment of accommodations, from guestrooms to a cottage or cabin. The best thing about this legendary motel is its beautiful location along the scenic Jonathan Creek – one of the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. So be sure to bring along your fishing gear. Meadowlark also features a large pavilion overlooking the creek, equipped with a full kitchen guests can use. Relax in the outdoor furniture, enjoy the fire pit, picnic areas, seasonal outdoor pool and beautiful Creekside setting.

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