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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... more »
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 als... more »
This is a great venue for those who want to try their hand at a number of different types of mining. They have pre-filled buckets, full of sand and gems etc., that you can purchase and just "scoop and... more »
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 keep their attention during the lessons. (I learn something new every time I go!) They offer several options for finding gems, and my all of my students have always found several beautiful specimens! They also have a very nice, shady area with several picnic tables and an open-air gift shop with reasonably-priced souvenirs. I always look forward to my trips to Emerald Hollow Mine.
After reading the reviews I was reluctant in taking my family there. They were across the board but we went anyway. For our first time there we chose to do the creek only and see how that went. Got there about 9am and we had the creek to ourselves, which was great. We loved it. DO NOT go there thinking you will get super rich! The other reviews stating "oh we didn't find anything." We found lots of color. One super clear quartz crystal was almost 2 inches long. Our rocks spanned a range of colors and styles. We were really impressed with our finds. The kids were excited each time we found something. Picnic tables are scattered around and great for making a day out there without having to leave to find lunch. One thing to keep in mind...doing the creek can be as tough as work as you make it. You probably won't find the big one worth thousands. It can be tough work flipping rocks and digging but that's part of the fun that the buckets don't give you. We were told by the staff to dig deep. We dug a few holes knee deep and we steadily found color worth keeping. You won't find them laying on the top. You have to work for it. We found a spot and stayed there most of the day and did well. We filled 2 bags we were given. I suggest getting out there, sit in the cool water and dig. We didn't get muddy at all. It's all fine gravel. We are planning another day trip soon. Thanks for a great day and see y'all again soon.
If you go there, I would not suggest digging. It is very misleading how they promote it. the area is picked over and they periodically bulldoze the holes back in (we dug deep and found leaves). it is very hard to find a vein and you need geology experience to be successful. They only give you shovels which limit your ability on how deep you can go. if you do find a vein, it is impossible to dig it out. Instead, the owners quarantine the area and they dig it all out making the profit twice off your work. If you do go there, I suggest getting a large bucket for $250. At least there will be some precious gems. I have gone to other mines and had more to show that cost less.
Not as commercial, however, you can dig your own buckets and unlike most mines this one has an on-site lapidary that will cut your stones and send them to you. Very knowledgeable staff Drew, Mike and Joe are fantastic. Bring some rain boots, and some old clothes you're not afraid to get some red clay on!
Just a great way to spend the day. There are several ways to spend your day there. We bought 3 buckets of dirt and sifted through them looking for stones and gems. You can also go your own or go down to the river and pan for gems and precious stones. Then we took 2 of the best gems we found which happen to be my wife's and I birth stones to have them cut and polished into a beautiful seating for a very reasonable price.
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