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Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine

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Address: Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636
Phone Number: 828 632 3394 or 866 600 GEMS (4367)
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The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69...

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

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A Place for True Rockhounds

Recently, my sister has been something of a rockhound, so we decided to take a family trip up to Hiddenite, NC and spend a few hours at the sluiceway. Hiddenite is headed towards... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2015
Dez P
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I read the reviews before going, so, we were prepared not to find much, let alone emeralds. We were close by and decided to check it out anyways. We went by the hidden time visitors center first, told them we were going to the mine, and they didn't say anything, very strange. The mine itself was not... More 

Thank Zephyr_Zeitgeber
Roanoke, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited twice and have found emeralds and other stones worth keeping. Out of the two trips, I have had an emerald made into a tie pin and an amethyst made into a pendant. I am having two more emeralds made into a man's ring and a set of earrings. All were found at Emerald Hollow Mine. I will... More 

Thank Dexrnke
Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I went today, and both of us had a great time! The staff knew exactly what they were talking about and we both had a very good experience and we look forward to going back again as soon as possible.

Thank P_shemelya
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you want to pay a lot of money for a bucket of dirt that was previously sluiced through and has been repurposed (salted, enriched or whatever else they call it) feel free, they will gladly help you unload your wallet. If you want to find real gems yourself that are actually worth something, look elsewhere. We hit Hiddenite on... More 

3 Thank Eric M
Oxford, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We been to a number of mines in the U.S., and this is clearly one of the best. We chose to use the native materials mostly to maintain a purity of experience. We were delighted with our "finds," and were very pleased with the help provided by their professional gemologists. This was our second visit, but not our last.

Thank Adolph G
Lexington, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We took a school field trip to this gem mine and not only did the kids get to gem mine, they also got a lesson on various minerals and gemstones in NC. A geologist did a short but very educational class about the history of gem mining in NC and about the area of Hiddenite, NC. After the class, we... More 

Thank Allie153
Aberdeen, Maryland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

My children have always been into rocks, especially my middle child. After doing some research on the internet, I came across this place. Yes, they do salt the buckets and the creek, and if you go there with the expectation that you will find millions of dollars of gems there just lying around, you will be disappointed. If, however, you... More 

1 Thank Loyce B
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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135 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Recently, my sister has been something of a rockhound, so we decided to take a family trip up to Hiddenite, NC and spend a few hours at the sluiceway. Hiddenite is headed towards the mountains of North Carolina, but not to worry--it's still in the area known as the foothills, and roads are easily navigated. When you arrive, you have... More 

3 Thank Dez P
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

I'm sure our 10-year old will be dreaming about this experience in the years to come! It was so memorable and fun - for our entire family, parents included. Get the largest bucket you can; you'll end up with rough gems you might consider for jewelry or rough specimen that are amazing in their natural state. It was relaxing to... More 

1 Thank Monica V
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My wife and I went with our daughter. We had fun. This would be great with little kids. I don't know and I don't care if the creek is "salted". It was a lot of fun digging and sifting for gems. We had a great time.

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