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Emerald Hollow Mine

484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Wish I'd done the creeking

The pay tier for this might be confusing to some people. There is a mining fee, that covers the use... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Greenwood, South Carolina
Best place in the world!

If you are in the market for affordable, amazing family fun. If you love to get dirty, and dig for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jan S
via mobile
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The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“gallon bucket” (14 reviews)
“digging area” (10 reviews)
“red mud” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The pay tier for this might be confusing to some people. There is a mining fee, that covers the use of the flume, and other things are extra: buckets of dirt, tool rental. If you have all your tools (plastic trowels for the creek) and...More

Thank marfita
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the market for affordable, amazing family fun. If you love to get dirty, and dig for hidden treasures, then this is absolutely the place for you. My family loves it here. This September was our 3rd visit. We leave still thinking...More

Thank Jan S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

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

2  Thank Dean R
Management response:Responded 10 August 2017

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 4 August 2017

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 17 July 2017 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 11 July 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 10 July 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

2  Thank Connie O
Reviewed 7 July 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

1  Thank Chris S
Reviewed 6 July 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 26 June 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 27 June 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

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28 June 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
12 May 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
17 April 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