Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite

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  • 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 »
  • This is a wonderful family adventure! Ages in our group, 5 weeks to 65 years!!! The adults had as much fun as the children! It is worth the money to buy a bucket and sluce away! We also dipped in the ...  more »
  • My boyfriend and i love to rock hunt and were very excited to go here. For only $10 each (plus $3 for a sifter and shovel) we got a whole day to go through the creek. We found lots of garnets and emer...  more »
  • Went on a school field trip a few weeks ago. While the staff was friendly and the kids got to take home some rocks, the place felt like a tourist trap. The kids were given false facts about things which sounded great but given that it was supposed to be an educational experience was rather upsetting. I'm sure there are better places out there if you happen to be on the hunt for this type of experience
  • Very cool place to visit! This place is great for children and adults! There are many gemstones and crystals and so many amazing rocks! I would definitely recommend this place and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I was glad to visit and I hope I can come back again soon! Very cool!
  • Not impressed. They could do much more with this place. They are sitting on a gold mine (figuratively). With over 100,000 visitors a year, the facilities could be a lot nicer and have more activities for the kids. If you are looking for an actual realistic experience of gem mining don't go here. It's probably good for kids under 10 but any kid older than that realizes they just sprinkle colored stones around on the ground and in the creek for them to pick up inside a corral. Again, this place has a lot of potential but needs reinvestment in facilities to realize the potential. The manager was grouchy and rude to the kids but also informative and knowledgeable about the stuff he spoke about. I recommend not visiting in cold weather as that will further detract from the experience.
  • Such a great day here! We opted to go "mudding" and found our gems. Price is very good. They also had equipment you could rent for practically a steal.
  • Had a great time, found some decent minerals while mining. The staff here is always helpful and super friendly. This was my second trip here and I will definitely be back in the future.

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