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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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Tenn
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I read the reviews of this place. Yes, some of the staff are less than adequate....but there are others that made it a delight. One guy was over his hours for the week...yet just hung around to answer questions and even offered to get lunch for the aloof and frustrated workers. All of that aside...the scenery is wonderful. My guys... More 

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Sterling Heights, MI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

At the Emerald Hollow Mine, you can do everything- sluice, dig and creek for gems. You can easily spend the whole day there and wonder where the time went. First of all, the place has actual bathrooms that are clean. You can sit at the sluice with either seeded dirt or get your own dirt and sluice it. Seeded buckets... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My husband and I are rockhounding hobbyists, and decided to take a much-needed vacation to NC to explore the gem and mineral-rich landscape. After reading through the Hiddenite Mine's webpage, we were stoked to investigate their digging sites and get our hands dirty. We weren't expecting to strike it rich on emeralds, but did expect to find at least a... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
69 helpful votes 69 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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