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Emerald Hollow Mine

484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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This is a tourist focused "business"...

We researched this mine extensively before we traveled to it. Reviews were mixed so we decided to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dean R
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The creeking makes this place different than most others

We have been to a couple other gem mine places before this one, but we drove about an hour (from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
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The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
Travelers talk about
“gallon bucket” (14 reviews)
“digging area” (10 reviews)
“red mud” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We researched this mine extensively before we traveled to it. Reviews were mixed so we decided to give it a shot. The native buckets (2) yielded nothing. The "salted" sapphire/ruby yielded a few nice sapphires. We found some neat stuff and we left it with...More

Thank Dean R
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for visiting us! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. The native buckets are always a hit or miss, we do not pre-sift any of our dirt so we do not guarantee them....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to a couple other gem mine places before this one, but we drove about an hour (from Boone area) to try this one out since we read about the creek mining. We brought 3 teenagers, who were excited to try it out....More

Thank bobotron
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our daughter here as a surprise on her birthday during our multi-state road trip. We had so much fun that we came back again the next day! Both days we did sluicing and creeking. The creeking was a more time-consuming process but was...More

3  Thank Angella D
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Our granddaughters had a great time. We have come here for the past 5 years and they have a great time every year.

Thank trg180
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We did the sluicing with a purchased bucket and we went to dig in the creek. Both was fun. Found gems both ways. Crystals are abundant. When we come back we will try the digging first to see what we can find. Old clothes, comfortable...More

1  Thank Connie O
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

I took my four year son her while visiting Charlotte. (It's about a 50 minute drive) Very authentic feeling.. The staff was very friendly, especially with my son. They showed him the different rocks to look door and explained everything very well. We grabbed a...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed July 6, 2017

I've been to Emerald Hollow Mine several times with school groups, and each time has been a great experience. My students consistently list this as their favorite field trip. Their staff are always so patient and understanding with my students, yet professional and able to...More

Thank tjessup
Reviewed June 25, 2017

Visited on Friday before Memorial Day with my sister and 10 & 13 year old nieces. The attraction is off the beaten path but we had no difficulty finding it. We all love treasure hunting activities and experiencing the flavor of the states we travel...More

4  Thank Gina S
Management response:Responded June 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting us. Please e-mail me directly if possible so we can discuss your time with us. Please include your name, the date you came to see us, the coupon you tried to use during check-in and names or descriptions of the employees...More

Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

The mine is located a considerable ways off the beaten path but if you want to do something fun (especially for kids) it's a great trip. You can sluice with purchased buckets, sluice in the creek, dig your own buckets or do all three. Prices...More

Thank Tawanna R
Reviewed June 8, 2017

The good: My son previously went here on a fieldtrip and it was educational. The bad: Austin, the person at the admission counter said that I could do 3 activities for 25.00. He said that it would also cover the “permit”.?? I paid $50.00 for...More

3  Thank thelanes12345
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June 27, 2017|
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Response from tommyprzybylski | Reviewed this property |
As a beach-comber myself, I would be cautious with the kids toys, as they are most likely going to break. The bucket would most likely be ok, but there is really no need to bring the sifter as they have them there. The... More
May 12, 2017|
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Response from NCrockhound | Property representative |
Yes, you are welcome to bring a cart to haul your gear. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend it to those who plan to go digging, since it makes it much easier to haul filled buckets back to the sluiceway to go through... More
Pamela K
April 16, 2017|
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Response from marykta | Reviewed this property |
Different boxes can have different screen holes depending on the size of the stones. At the mine all the digging efforts are taken care of so the screen size will be small and somewhat like screen door materials to help you... More