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Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite

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The Emerald Hollow Mine is the only emerald mine in the world open to the public for prospecting. Nestled snugly in the foothills of the beautiful Brushy Mountains, this North Carolina Emerald mine is located in the small town of Hiddenite, North Carolina. This is recognized as one of the most unique and interesting geological locations on the North American continent.



Host to more than sixty different types of naturally occurring gems and minerals, a virtual treasure trove of gemstones can be found at our gem mine! Many of these are very rare, including emerald, aquamarine, sapphire, garnet, topaz, amethyst, citrine, rutile, and tourmaline, along with an abundance of world class smoky and clear quartz crystals. Hiddenite is also famous as being one of the few places on earth where the very rare gemstone "Hiddenite" can be found!

Each year, thousands of rockhounds, tourists and educational field trip participants flock to this popular North Carolina attraction to experience the thrill of finding rare gemstones in the rough. Whether you are a serious or amateur prospector hoping to fulfill dreams of finding hidden treasures, a student experiencing a "hands on" learning experience or a family seeking quality outdoor recreation, a trip to the Emerald Hollow Mine guarantees a fun and exciting adventure for people of all ages!



Our hours of operation are 8:30am to sunset (ranging from 5:00pm in mid-winter to 8:00pm in mid-summer). We are open every day of the year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There are RV parks with complete hookups very nearby. Our friendly, knowledgable and helpful staff is always available to answer your questions, offer instructions, and help identify your finds. We also have a complete lapidary shop that will turn your rough gemstones into beautiful cut stones and jewelry.
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  • Had a blast in the creek and digging. Was cooler in the creek but digging had some rain also. Wonderful staff, friendly and helpful. 
    Had a blast in the creek and digging. Was cooler in the creek but digging had some rain also. Wonderful staff, friendly and helpful.  more »
  • I was surprised to read some of the other reviews here, so I thought I’d go into a little more depth in my review to help others get an idea of the experience. First, my partner (to-be-finance) and....  more
    I was surprised to read some of the other reviews here, so I thought I’d go into a little more depth in my review to help others get an idea of the experience. First, my partner (to-be-finance) and....  more »
  • A relaxing and educational experience. The personnel at Emerald Hollow Mine was so friendly and informative. The grounds were clean and organized. A must-go-to, for any outdoor & gem enthusiast! 
    A relaxing and educational experience. The personnel at Emerald Hollow Mine was so friendly and informative. The grounds were clean and organized. A must-go-to, for any outdoor & gem enthusiast!  more »
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  • One of my favorite vacation spots! This mine is so pretty and it gives you a great workout! Crystals are super easy to find in the creek. The most expensive bucket you can get is $1000 while the cheapest is around $5-10 I can't remember. We got an amethyst in the 1k bucket worth roughly 800 dollars alone!
  • Went here with my daughter for her birthday. We found all different types of rocks, and even found an Emerald in the creek. The staff was very helpful. Prices are very reasonable.
  • Emerald Hollow Mine has gem-seeking experiences for guests of all ages and skill levels. For beginners and for anyone who is just there to find some cool gems to take home, you can purchase a bucket, grab a place to sit and start sluicing. Bucket prices are very reasonable and in line with what you may find elsewhere. This was easy for even a small child to do and it's very rewarding for the small amount of effort it takes to reveal what is in the dirt. To really get your feet wet (literally and figuratively), you can move on to creekin. Tools are included in the price and you use them to search the creek bed for gems. What you find is up to you and your endurance. The creek is very shaded which is perfect for hot days -- it is much cooler under the canopy of trees than it is up by the sluicing. Finally, if your arm muscles are up for it, digging is also an option. I did not try this as we spent several hours sluicing and creekin, but I would try this on my next visit. We came home with several pounds of treasures to serve as a memory of this great trip.
  • Looking for good family fun this is your place. The perfect place to find some great emeralds. We started with the digging and it was exhausting and we didn’t find a thing. In fairness we were told it was hard to find things. My recommendation would be to look for gems in the creek. We were told it was was easier to do that. Be prepared as the water is cold, but it does feel great. We also purchased some pre made buckets and sifted through that and had a blast. I’d also recommend to bring a picnic. They have plenty of benches to use. There isn’t any places nearby to get food, but you can come and go on the property for the day as you wish. Parking is no issue at all. There is plenty of it. The restrooms were clean, but that is about the only clean place. Everything else is muddy, but it makes the place. So, be prepared to get dirty. Go have some fun whether with friends or family! Pre made buckets range in price from $5 to $1000.
  • Outstanding venue for any Rockhound! Buckets of dirt range from simple to the most enriched. You can also mine your own ore from the open mine and sift for keepers back at the sluice.

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