Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite

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  • Nice gem mine. They have a mining sluice, you can pay for digging or mining at the creek. The creek works best especially if you have children. The kids enjoy looking at all the various rocks but if y...  more »
  • Emerald hollow mine is a nice gem mining location. We did both the buckets of dirt and the stream mining option and recommend doing the stream. It was alot of fun!  more »
  • Worth while to spend a whole day. Planning my third trip back right now. Not too busy before school lets out so no lines for sluiceway. You CAN find stuff digging, but it could take more than a day, a...  more »
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  • If you are looking for a gimmick this is the place for you. If you want your kids to find planted scraps in additional fee buckets it is fine. If you want to dig for native stuff this is not the place to do it. The dig site is fully vegetated with no meaningful overburden removed. It is very likely you will spend your day moving dirt and cutting roots but in blind guess fashion. They do have some potentially productive rock exposed but it is all roped off. It would take many days to get a meaningful pit going. Even if you have that much energy, they don’t let you dig more than five feet, it can take well over that get to the productive rocks. This is not a real public dig site. It is a salted bucket and a song operation. I smelled a rat when I tried to find out more about the place from the person checking me in. He provided very slim information I should say even evasive, but he assured me that he would get us up and going at the dig site. We couldn’t look at it for insurance reasons until after we paid. It is in some was my own fault but I wanted to believe better of people. We payed nearly 200 dollars for our family and literally never say him again all day. We drove 1500 miles and this was our rock collecting day, I chose this place. Yes I am bitter.
  • This is an excellent establishment. The prices are very reasonable, and there is a lapidary on site that will cut and set the stones you find (if possible). The employees are very knowledgeable and personable, and they can identify almost everything immediately.
  • It was a wonderful experience. I got two buckets ..one wid emeralds and aquamarine and the other with rubies and sapphires for 25$ each and ended up finding 4 ziplocks worth of gemstones most of which were good enough to be cut and fitted into jewelry. the guys at the store were very nice and really helpful. It takes about 20 weeks to get you polished and gemstones back. so if you are willing to wait, you will get your money's worth
  • So fun and interesting and beautiful! Got some great crystals, amazing variety! I am so glad I got this experience! Will definitely return as often as possible!
  • I love this place! I usually go down into the creek and look for gems, and I always come back out with a horde of beautiful gemstones. Great experience!
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