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Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine

Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636
828 632 3394 or 866 600 GEMS (4367)
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Hiddenite
Type: Mines
Activities: Prospecting, Viewing wildlife
Description: The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.
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Moline, Illinois, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This was a great place to go for a fun afternoon of playing in the dirt and water. Emerald Hollow Mine includes a bucket of dirt for you to sift through at the water flumes when you pay your admission. You can also pay for additional buckets, however we didn't feel the need for another. After sifting through our buckets... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I visited with 4 children ages 3, 5, 6, and 8. I would recommend arriving early and packing a picnic because there are not many options for purchasing food, only vending machines. Wear old clothes and water shoes if you want to pan in the creek, which was our favorite part. Bring dry clothes for your kids to change into.... More

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Arrived at Emerald Hollow on a beautiful summer day with my 3 other adults and two kids aged 3 and 7, and my Jack Russell Terrier. Paid $10 for myself which gave me a bucket for the sluices, and admission to the creek area. I did not use a screen or tools so there was no deposit required. I gave... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We came up for the day with our teenagers a couple of days ago. Won't be retiring on what we found but didn't expect that. We did expect a fun, relaxing day and got that!!! We recieved excellent customer service from the girls and guy in the sluice area. Debbie at ticketing was awesome and helpful. Talked to the manager... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Great way to spend the day!! You could easily spend all day here and it's perfect for young kids and teenagers, if you have a big age range. We did the package with everything and it was worth it. Found a lot of different gems to make into jewelry.

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Bristol, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We didn't leave rich with jewels, but the fun and memories we took away from the day there are priceless. We did find gemstones and chose not to have them cut, we think they are prettier in their rough form. The prices are geared toward family fun, $20. per person you get access to all the mine has to offer.... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We made our own fun here but it was despite the staff. The two women we interacted with (coaxed to help us give them money) were completely miserable and offered no help whatsoever. Clarence was nice enough helping to identify the stones we'd found after we were finished, but we struggled to get any guidance on what we should be... More

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Ararat
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

This place was ok at best the pit mining was nothing but a waste of time and money the creek was fun but didn't find but one stone and the buckets wasn't worth the money I don't think I'll go back if I do I'll just get a bucket and stay away from all the hidden charges

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Mayfield, Ohio
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I saw this on the discovery channel and had wanted to go there ever since I had seen it. To my surprise while on a trip, I ended up staying at a nearby hotel and saw the advertisement in the hotel brochure. When I googled it I found I was less than a half hour away, so I went for... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Just got back from spending two days we dug in the creek and had our 4 year old son we all had a great time. We found a little of everything. $10 gets you in and can dig in the creek plus get a 2 gallon bucket of dirt to dig in.

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