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Address: 484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
Phone Number:
+1 828-635-1126
08:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

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Great entertainment for a few hours

Visited on a cloudy chilly day and purchased the package to do both sluicing and creeking. It was $18 for the package plus $3 to rent a screen and trowel for the creek. We spent... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Huntersville, NC
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Morrisville, Missouri
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I totally enjoyed my day at the emeral mine the young man that was in charge the day I was there is very knowledgeable of his stones.to help you identify what you find. I do suggest that you think about the weather when you go here as at the end of February the water is really cold. The creek where... More 

Thank levitad
Huntersville, NC
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a cloudy chilly day and purchased the package to do both sluicing and creeking. It was $18 for the package plus $3 to rent a screen and trowel for the creek. We spent the most time at the creek and were the only ones there. Lots of little natural minerals and stones to be found. We then returned... More 

Thank southernhiker
High Point, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I took my son to Hiddenite to mine for gems. We talked with Tray who was so helpful. We did the Gem sluicing and creek dig & screening. While sluicing with screen boxes, Tray answered questions for my son as to Gemstone types & how to best figure out what you have. Highly recommend, a great value.

Thank Gary S
Mooresville, North Carolina
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234 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

This is a relaxing way to gather family and friends to relax. An old fashioned treasure hunt. Very nice!

Thank Suzanne R
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We had a pretty good time. The off season is a great time to come. We got a lot of one on one attention which we need as all rocks look a like to us.

Thank jay w
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We went here for my birthday and the mining experience itself was fairly enjoyable. There were a few issues. Like at first they didn't have enough screens so we passed time at the sluiceway. Then we ended up getting one screen but it had a hole. We ended up snagging a screen from someone walking back to the sluiceway that... More 

6 Thank ceelenes
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Just love this place, the people are really nice and helpful. Me and my daughter has gone about three times, we enjoyed it alot.

Thank Linda N
Charleston, South Carolina
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114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The sluicing and creeking (glad we brought waterproof boots) were fun. We found a lot of fun gems, nothing valuable, but things my son wanted to keep. The staff was great about telling you what type of rocks you had. I would skip the actual digging. It is just a forested area that makes you feel like you are in... More 

Thank ShondaM96
Asheboro, North Carolina
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47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is the only unseeded mine which remains in North Carolina, a state which has produced more variety of precious and semi-precious stones in the country. I was unprepared for what I saw when I arrived. The girl at the admission area explained that we needed to walk 1/2 -mile, up and down hills, until we came to a field... More 

5 Thank GretaLint
Management response:

Hello Greta! We would first like to thank you for visiting Emerald Hollow Mine. We hate that your visit did not go as planned and digging was not what you expected. Thank you for bringing this to our attention- we are now in the process of producing an informative video on digging and what to look for. Keep an eye... More 

Syracuse, New York
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75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Our trip to the mine was ~ excuse the pun ~ a bucket list item for me, a rockhound since my youth. The mine is quite convenient to hotels in Statesville, FIY. And, the drive in is on a hard pack but definitely dirt road, but going the posted 10 mph or less it is definitely doable even in a... More 

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