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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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North East
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We traveled with 4 adults and 4 children. Ages 54-37 and 7-14. We arrived early, which I do suggest especialy if you will be doing the creek mining. We didn't find anything to write home about but we made so many memories that we will take home with us and always cherish. After reading the reviews before we went I... More

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249 reviews 249 reviews
76 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

You really have a chance of finding your treasure! This place is an all day event. You can try digging, search the creek, and buy buckets that are predug. Some suggestions: bring water shoes, and a picnic. Mike, the owner in the lapidary shop is awesome! He took the time to help us identify our stones, even stones from a... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just a couple kids at heart having a great time at Hiddenite. This place is neat, an enjoyable experience for anyone into treasure hunting and/or stones. Our advise, buy the all-access passes and be the first customers of the day. Head straight to the creek and explore all the way down to where it meets up with another stream. Once... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It was our first time to go to a mine and we did not know what to expect. It was fun and exciting to find some small gems. The kids love it and did not mind getting dirty and wet. We went creeking and slushing and it was an experience we will likely never forget. The associate who was there... More

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Bold Springs, GA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My kids loved this they went while visiting grandparents. My kids loved this and are still looking at their rocks 2 weeks later.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stopped in Hiddenite on our way down to Florida for a cruise. I had tried another gem mine in NC a few years ago and had fun. Hiddenite held appeal just in case we had an emerald find (we did not!), but it was also closest to our travel route without being too much of a detour. It was... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Had a great time at Hiddenite. Did sluicing first with a combo of native and salted buckets. Mostly happy with our finds there. After some debate decided to do the creeking as well. Best decision ever. Found some really nice gems in the creek. Water was cool but not bitter cold. Wasn't eaten alive by bugs. Wasn't too crowded. Spent... More

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Eastern Tennessee
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85 reviews 85 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

For $25 you can take your free 2 gallon bucket of tailings and mine for gems in Emerald Hollow's sluice using their sieve (you can purchase additional buckets of tailings), or you can grab one of their shovels and head off to the mining area where you can dig for gems, or you can wonder off to the properties creek... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I purchased the $20 package deal which allows you to sluice a 'free' salted(planted stones) 2 gallon bucket, dig in the creek and 'mine'. In addition, you have to rent a sluicing screen for the creek and shovel for the mine. I found several stones of interest in the creek without much effort which led me to believe that they're... More

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Crystal River, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow was a great find. It is well off the beaten path, but well worth it. What drew our family to this mine over the others was the fact that they had a creek to sift through for a small fee. With that small fee, you had access to look through the creek for the entire... More

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