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Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
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3.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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  • 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 arri...  read more »
  • 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 d...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • The staff was incredibly nice and helpful. Our 2 year old had the time of her life wading through the creek and getting filthy. We found so many precious gems and pretty rocks! We spent three hours there and if it hadn't been for the toddler's need to nap, we would have stayed longer! Pack a lunch, wear closed toed shoes, and expect to get filthy. So fun!
  • Fun time with kids and family. Reasonably priced. Helpful staff. We both sliced and played in the creek. Good mid trip stop, near Statesville NC.
  • I want anyone that may be contemplating a visit to run to your car and start the motor. You will be pleasantly surprised. They are thee most caring individuals, respectful, and attentive team. Taj, Joe and Sara. We had a fabulous time with all !! Kudos to their management for picking these individuals.
  • I spent 3 hours in the creek while the husband dug in the mine. I found lots of gems in the creek including emeralds, rubies, sapphires, garnet, moonstone and many more had my red moonstone made into jewelry. We were there last July 2015 . We are so coming back this year to hunt for a longer period. We plan on camping and gem hunting for days. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Great place for family fun. And the creek is a great place to hunt when its hot. Please don't listen to the poor reviews its a great place especially if you are a rock hound and love finding hidden treasures.
  • This place in incredibly expensive for Gem mining. You probably will find something which is fun for kids under 10 but kids under 10 lover rocks you find in your own yard. We went on memorial day and I should of expected the crowed but the place was just to equipped for large crows, at least not at check in. It took 30 minutes for an EXTREMELY confusing process, I have no idea what I paid for, you must pay for shoves, the boxes and their mini shovels to pan in the stream, the bucket of dirt they said had gems in there but I guess their definition of gem and mine (and my 5,7 year-olds) differed. It is a different cost if you go to the stream or the mine, which I guess is not a mine you go in you just walk on a hill side and start digging anywhere... get ready to treck your gear really far. The signage is terrible... who knows if we went to the right spot. There are all sorts of rules of where you can dig and what tool you can use where. We had no intention to actually find anything, just wanted our kids to have a fun time to dig in the dirt and do something different. Everyone was disappointed. My wife went back to figure out if we got all the gear we paid for along with the buckets for pre gemed dirt and I took the kids to the stream where there were a ton of people for about 50 yards up stream... I walked down stream 20 yards to a great spot all by our selves and had 3 staff members come and tell me we had to leave... no reason given, just that this spot was for tours. The guy stood there and watched me pick up all our gear, (cooler, seats, and the digging stuff) while trying to console my 2.5 year old as we dragged him out of the stream and he did not offer to help or anything. The manager came and spoke to me a 4th time while I was on my way to sit directly next to the 50 other people crammed in the upper stream with the kid crying... didn't bother him at all. We'll never go there again. Did we fine gems... a ziplock bag full... yay...
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