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

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

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Nice way to spend an afternoon

This is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Doesn't have to be too expensive and you have the chance to look for emeralds. Whats not to like!?

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Matt W
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Linville, North Carolina
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Astoria, New York
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The first thing that you should note is that Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine offers both enriched ("salted") and native ("unsalted") digging and sluicing. If you are a by the books treasure hunter (purist) who wants to discover native rocks and minerals, you should plan your trip accordingly. "Salted" means that gems are brought in from non-native locations and placed... More 

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Thank Michael D
Linville, North Carolina
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Doesn't have to be too expensive and you have the chance to look for emeralds. Whats not to like!?

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Thank Matt W
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I saw this place spotlighted on the travel channel a few years ago and have always wanted to go. I am a 7th grade science teacher and I went here with my dad (60 years old) and my sister (25 years old). We had fun because we got to spend the day together being nerdy and doing something we hadn't... More 

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Thank Jessica D
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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 

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1 Thank Zephyr_Zeitgeber
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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 

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1 Thank Dexrnke
Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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.

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Thank P_shemelya
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

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 

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5 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.

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Thank Adolph G
Lexington, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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 

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Thank Allie153
Aberdeen, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

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