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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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Great family fun. Typical tourist trap but in a good way.

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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Charlotte, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Great afternoon. We have done this a number of times and enjoy it a lot! The staff is very helpful and we do know t is seeded but we have found lovely stones there!

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Drummonds, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a fun experience for all. My son and I have been sluicing before, but we were able to dig and fill buckets then take them to the sluice. We had fun digging in the river and finding all kinds of gems. It is salted but it made for a fun experience. We got my brother and his girl... More 

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Thaba Nchu, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My 5 year old and I were at the "mine" all weekend. We spent Saturday in the creek for a couple hours -- we found a bunch of amethyst & smoky quartz, couple of jasper & agates , and knowing NOW that it was seeded seems to make a lot more sense. Trying to keep my son "on task", I... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

It was great finding gems, washing them in the running water right in front of you while you were sitting. .

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We came with our 11 year old and did sluicing. The admission is $5 and includes one bucket which I thought is nice. Now what you'll find there is another question. My son got lucky and found a couple crystals. I found a couple clear Quartz. The lady next to us did not find anything. We got one $15 bucket... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

We did not plan on stopping here. Our kids actually saw a flier for another site, but this was on our way home. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Even our 3 year old daughter got into it!! We only did the sluicing and used only our buckets that came with entry, everyone left with a bag of treasure! Definitely a great family attraction!!

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Charleston, WV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I have an interest in rock hounding and geology so I stopped at the mine upon the recommendation of a friend. When you arrive you walk to the bottom of a hill and are given the option of digging, going to the creek or going to the sluice. If you choose digging, you can use the other two areas. I... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

It was fun to sluice for the different gems. We found some neat gems in our "complimentary" bucket that you get for the very reasonable admission price of $5 person. Then we bought a $50 bucket and found more gems. The people working there were great too! Very informative and knew their jobs. Would go again but would like to... More 

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Milford
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Unfortunately, I too had a poor experience here as many other reviewers did. The staff wasn't rude to me, but the woman that was working the sluicing area did have a side business going on wrapping stones that you would find. She didn't want anyone to know about it as she was clearly stealing business from her place of employment.... 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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