Gem mining now offered at state park

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - People visiting Cumberland Falls State Park can try their hand at gem mining.

According to The Times-Tribune, the park in southeastern Kentucky has added a gem mining sluice as a new attraction.

Park manager Dave Jordan says the sluice can handle 32 gem miners at a time. Each gem bag contains 20 types of precious and semi-precious stones.

Jordan says the attraction offered since Memorial Day weekend has educational value. Children not only can get some gems during the experience, but they can learn about fossils, the types of rocks at the falls and even something about Kentucky's coal history.

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