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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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A fun way to spend a lovely day outdoors

We had a great time "panning" for gems here. I know there are other things to do, such as cave and creek "mining", but we took the easy road and just sat and panned for gems for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We had a great time "panning" for gems here. I know there are other things to do, such as cave and creek "mining", but we took the easy road and just sat and panned for gems for a couple of hours. It was really fun and even a little exciting. You pay your small fee (less than a movie ticket!)... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

We have 4 children. Years 18 15 11 7. This is our second time here and all enjoyed it. The younger ones had a blast in the creek. The older enjoyed digging their own and then falling in the creek. :-). There are some stones to be found digging , not the brilliant ones like in the salted creek but... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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35 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Yes the creek is salted but we also found local gems including smokey quartz. Staff doesnt hide fact. The extra finds can keep young folks engaged. As others have mentioned, bring your lunch as only coke machines available. visited with a jaded 13 year old and we both had fun. We hope to return for a long weekend and try... More 

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Deltona, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Three interesting ways to look for gem stones. We did all three as first timers. Buying the bucket to pan makes for a good time but searching the stream was even better. Creek panning was fun and we plan to bring our kids next time during the warmer months since they would absolutely love it. Digging your own dirt is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

My boyfriend and I went here for two days and it was the best experience. The first day we went to the creek and dug and panned for whatever, we had no idea what we were looking for. But it made us both feel so exuberant and excited like kids again. I had no idea what to expect, but I... More 

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

What better way to spend an afternoon than mining for precious gems. You can dig in the mountain side, pan for gems in the stream or buy a pail of dirt. You always end up with treasures to take home.....if only wonderful memories made.

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Concord, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been here several times over the last few years taking visiting friends and relatives. It could take an hour and a half from Charlotte but a good day out as long as you are curious about gems and stones and don"t mind getting your hands wet and getting a bit dirty from Carolina clay. It can be very... More 

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Freeport
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

After a fantastic experience at Sheffield Mine 4 years ago, my daughter and I looked forward to our next chance to mine again. We went in Oct. 2014 and decided on digging, sluicing, and creeking. The sluicing had some interesting small quartz crystals, and that's about it. When I asked one of the workers for assistance on what to look... More 

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My girlfriend, her 10-year-old grandson, and I went to this place in August. What a fun experience!! We are all lovers of rocks, gems, crystals, and nature.....so it was a dream come true!! We did the sluicing and the creeking and the element of surprise in both areas was magical. The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Even walking... More 

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Pickerington, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My husband and I recently visited the mine and had a great time, we found beautiful gem stones that we now have as keepsakes. The staff was the GREATEST especially Joanne. Don't forget to visit the lapidary as they have beautiful gems and jewlery for sale. Kathy S

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