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Emerald Hollow Mine

484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Great Family Adventure!!!

This is a wonderful family adventure! Ages in our group, 5 weeks to 65 years!!! The adults had as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Onalaska, Wisconsin
via mobile
Great creeking experience

My boyfriend and i love to rock hunt and were very excited to go here. For only $10 each (plus $3... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
via mobile
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The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“gallon bucket” (15 reviews)
“digging area” (10 reviews)
“red mud” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful family adventure! Ages in our group, 5 weeks to 65 years!!! The adults had as much fun as the children! It is worth the money to buy a bucket and sluce away! We also dipped in the creek with the rubber...More

Thank Shiniesthalo
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and i love to rock hunt and were very excited to go here. For only $10 each (plus $3 for a sifter and shovel) we got a whole day to go through the creek. We found lots of garnets and emeralds and amethysts...More

2  Thank Sarajoy26
Reviewed 1 November 2017

A fun place to mine for native minerals, including the elusive emerald! You have several choices of how and where to 'mine': you can go to the creek and sift through materials there to find native materials. Or, you can go to a nearby dig...More

1  Thank Connie L
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We paid for a day long pay to dig mining experience. The mine offer its customers salted buckets at various prices to find gemstones using their covered flumes. The young people are ve ry knowledgable in helping to identify your finds. For thos of us...More

2  Thank minerakl56
Reviewed 19 September 2017

The pay tier for this might be confusing to some people. There is a mining fee, that covers the use of the flume, and other things are extra: buckets of dirt, tool rental. If you have all your tools (plastic trowels for the creek) and...More

1  Thank marfita
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

If you are in the market for affordable, amazing family fun. If you love to get dirty, and dig for hidden treasures, then this is absolutely the place for you. My family loves it here. This September was our 3rd visit. We leave still thinking...More

1  Thank Jan S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We researched this mine extensively before we traveled to it. Reviews were mixed so we decided to give it a shot. The native buckets (2) yielded nothing. The "salted" sapphire/ruby yielded a few nice sapphires. We found some neat stuff and we left it with...More

5  Thank Dean R
Management response:Responded 10 August 2017

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for visiting us! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. The native buckets are always a hit or miss, we do not pre-sift any of our dirt so we do not guarantee them....More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

We have been to a couple other gem mine places before this one, but we drove about an hour (from Boone area) to try this one out since we read about the creek mining. We brought 3 teenagers, who were excited to try it out....More

Thank bobotron
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We brought our daughter here as a surprise on her birthday during our multi-state road trip. We had so much fun that we came back again the next day! Both days we did sluicing and creeking. The creeking was a more time-consuming process but was...More

4  Thank Angella D
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Our granddaughters had a great time. We have come here for the past 5 years and they have a great time every year.

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27 June 2017|
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Response from tommyprzybylski | Reviewed this property |
As a beach-comber myself, I would be cautious with the kids toys, as they are most likely going to break. The bucket would most likely be ok, but there is really no need to bring the sifter as they have them there. The... More
12 May 2017|
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Response from NCrockhound | Property representative |
Yes, you are welcome to bring a cart to haul your gear. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend it to those who plan to go digging, since it makes it much easier to haul filled buckets back to the sluiceway to go through... More
Pamela K
16 April 2017|
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Response from marykta | Reviewed this property |
Different boxes can have different screen holes depending on the size of the stones. At the mine all the digging efforts are taken care of so the screen size will be small and somewhat like screen door materials to help you... More