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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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English first
Freeport
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
1 review
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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North East
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
78 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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85 reviews 85 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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