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Address: 484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
Phone Number:
+1 828-635-1126
08:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

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Fun for all ages

This is a relaxing way to gather family and friends to relax. An old fashioned treasure hunt. Very nice!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Suzanne R
Mooresville, North Carolina
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High Point, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my son to Hiddenite to mine for gems. We talked with Tray who was so helpful. We did the Gem sluicing and creek dig & screening. While sluicing with screen boxes, Tray answered questions for my son as to Gemstone types & how to best figure out what you have. Highly recommend, a great value.

Thank Gary S
Mooresville, North Carolina
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231 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a relaxing way to gather family and friends to relax. An old fashioned treasure hunt. Very nice!

Thank Suzanne R
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a pretty good time. The off season is a great time to come. We got a lot of one on one attention which we need as all rocks look a like to us.

Thank jay w
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We went here for my birthday and the mining experience itself was fairly enjoyable. There were a few issues. Like at first they didn't have enough screens so we passed time at the sluiceway. Then we ended up getting one screen but it had a hole. We ended up snagging a screen from someone walking back to the sluiceway that... More 

5 Thank ceelenes
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Just love this place, the people are really nice and helpful. Me and my daughter has gone about three times, we enjoyed it alot.

Thank Linda N
Charleston, South Carolina
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108 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The sluicing and creeking (glad we brought waterproof boots) were fun. We found a lot of fun gems, nothing valuable, but things my son wanted to keep. The staff was great about telling you what type of rocks you had. I would skip the actual digging. It is just a forested area that makes you feel like you are in... More 

Thank ShondaM96
Asheboro, North Carolina
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47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is the only unseeded mine which remains in North Carolina, a state which has produced more variety of precious and semi-precious stones in the country. I was unprepared for what I saw when I arrived. The girl at the admission area explained that we needed to walk 1/2 -mile, up and down hills, until we came to a field... More 

3 Thank GretaLint
Management response:

Hello Greta! We would first like to thank you for visiting Emerald Hollow Mine. We hate that your visit did not go as planned and digging was not what you expected. Thank you for bringing this to our attention- we are now in the process of producing an informative video on digging and what to look for. Keep an eye... More 

Syracuse, New York
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75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Our trip to the mine was ~ excuse the pun ~ a bucket list item for me, a rockhound since my youth. The mine is quite convenient to hotels in Statesville, FIY. And, the drive in is on a hard pack but definitely dirt road, but going the posted 10 mph or less it is definitely doable even in a... More 

1 Thank bielbay
Falconer, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a great attraction for treasure hunters and rock hounds. If you like the beautiful outdoors it's for you. I live in NY and there is nothing like this there. I asked the experts. If you take a walk with your children/grandchildren and come home with new additions for the rock garden, you will enjoy your trip to Emerald... More 

Thank wbaker14733
Eastern NC
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173 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The internet page made this place look very attractive. After I got there I was sorry that I had wasted my time, but went ahead and spent some time anyway. I found the operation to be tacky. I guess this would be a good place to bring children and get a bucket of dirt to sift through, but I found... More 

Thank AuntieM64
Management response:

We would first like to thank you for visiting Emerald Hollow Mine. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations and you did not enjoy your time with us. We would like to know more about your experience and try to resolve this issue. Please e-mail rebecca@emeraldhollowmine.com with more information. Thank you. More 

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