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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I would think of this more as a tourist attraction than a mine. Not a knock on this place, but with all the people that come here each year, I cannot imagine that you would find anything natural of any value anymore. We went with an 11 and 7 year old. I told the 11 year old that they may... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

After doing research of the various gem mine facilities, we chose here because options of digging and creeking were offered in addition to the typical sluicing for gems. We paid for creeking which included sluicing. Dressed in old clothes and shoes, we had fun as a family, wading in the shaded creek "panning" for gems. Even my 10 yo son... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went to Hiddenite Emerald mine with group, found that some of the advertisement on webpages was not what was expected there. Make sure you bring your own plastic bucket and shovels as no metal items allowed in stream - BUT you can rent theirs at a fee. Mine area was not open to folks but you could go dig in... More 

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New Egypt, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We went to Emerald Hollow Mine and truly enjoyed the visit! It is a wonderful way to spend time. They offer sluicing for minerals or you can dig for them. The staff is very informative and helpful. They will help you identify the stones you find. If you would like to go a step further they will advise you on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The staff was very nice. We found a couple of small items in the complementary buckets. We also found a few stones when we went panning in the stream. It was a nice cool down on a hot day.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is kind of a long review so I'll summarize in the first sentence that we had a great time! We will definitely go back. I have been wanting to visit Hiddenite since I heard about it in elementary school. Both my siblings got to go, but our class was skipped. I envisioned a cave filled with sparkling emeralds and... More 

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Shelbyville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We really liked the price to do all 3 things there but we left with nothing but some quartz. We didn't get the salted buckets. There was a little boy next to me who didnt know to clean the sand out from under his screen so he had a small build up going on and was pretty much done with... More 

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Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We arrived early in work clothes, had our own lunch and tools. Yes, we did find some gems; we knew the finding of items was a hit or miss proposition. However, the infrastructure is falling apart, the toilets are nasty. Arrived early but by 2 pm it was pnademonium. Too many schools coming through, not enough employees, and this was... More 

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Morganton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Had a nice relaxing day digging in the creek here. The complimentary bucket of dirt was an added bonus. We found over 15 cutable stones in the creek area alone.

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