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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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8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Prospecting, Viewing wildlife
Description: The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

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On my first visit here I was not that happy but on my 2nd and third time we have had better luck we purchased the 100 bucket and got our money back and then some

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Thousands of people visit this emerald mine each year, whether it's school groups, families, or rock hounds. You can buy a bucket and sluice for gemstones (guaranteed find), or stake your claim and do an actual dig. Some of the largest emeralds in the world have been found in Hiddenite, NC!

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Dallas, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I went here yesterday with a group of children from a church summer program. When the director called last week to make reservations she was told we wouldn't need reservations. Since we didn't Want the tour and only wanted to do the gem mining. So we drive 36 children an hour and a half away but when we get there... More 

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Ararat
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

On my first visit here I was not that happy but on my 2nd and third time we have had better luck we purchased the 100 bucket and got our money back and then some

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

my family went to this mine and paid for all three activities. Digging, the creek, & the sluice. The kids loved, and so did the adults. Though, i might not do the digging again. You dont find a ton, and the whole area is pretty dug up. The creek was great, and it is really worthwhile to buy a $15... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Super place to escape the heat and I'll bet it's awesome in the fall. We had a great time and stayed cool digging in the creek, walking over the bed and enjoying nature. There is an employee there named Taj. Be sure to talk to him. His attitude, knowledge, passion and customer service should be the standard for America. I... More 

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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a great place for kids to go "gem mining". It is probably not the place for the serious rockhound. The buckets of dirt are enriched and great for the kids to find something. We had a lot of fun sluicing and finding the "gems". The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend for families with younger... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We reached here a bit unprepared. The right thing to do is to come in water shoes and buy the digging license ($10 per person) and head down to the stream. However, we chose to have the kids get a bucket of dirt each and use it in a pan in the sluice. Do note that, as mentioned by other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Went for a day trip with my husband and our 3 1/2 year old. We had a blast! We purchased the creek and sluicing package and rented the tools. We could have spent all day in the creek- perfect for a hot day. After we searched for gems in the creek for about 2 hours we decided to go up... More 

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Corunna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I have been to Emerald Hollow Mine 3 times over the past 5 years, and I continue to be extremely satisfied with my experiences! As an amateur rock-hound, Emerald Hollow provides me with a perfect setting to learn more about gemstone mining and prospecting. The lapidary services are very reasonably priced and there are real bathrooms with running water. The... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My wife and I visited this gem of a tourist trap a few years ago and wanted to come back. We loved sitting down at the sluice , sifting though the prepared buckets of "mine till" And it hasn't changed one bit. The shacks and covered sluice's are in need to serious rebuild. If you do decide to come ,... More 

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Additional Information about Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine

Address: Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636
Phone Number: 828 632 3394 or 866 600 GEMS (4367)
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hiddenite
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

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