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Address: 484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
Phone Number: +1 828-635-1126
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08:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.

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So cool...

What a cool thing to do, you have your pick between working on a table (slithering) or out of a creek (we did this) or digging. Small walk, unlevel terrain but easy to do... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
Joel M
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went here for my birthday and the mining experience itself was fairly enjoyable. There were a few issues. Like at first they didn't have enough screens so we passed time at the sluiceway. Then we ended up getting one screen but it had a hole. We ended up snagging a screen from someone walking back to the sluiceway that... More 

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Thank ceelenes
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Just love this place, the people are really nice and helpful. Me and my daughter has gone about three times, we enjoyed it alot.

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Thank Linda N
Charleston, South Carolina
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104 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The sluicing and creeking (glad we brought waterproof boots) were fun. We found a lot of fun gems, nothing valuable, but things my son wanted to keep. The staff was great about telling you what type of rocks you had. I would skip the actual digging. It is just a forested area that makes you feel like you are in... More 

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Thank ShondaM96
Asheboro, North Carolina
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31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

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 arrived. The girl at the admission area explained that we needed to walk 1/2 -mile, up and down hills, until we came to a field... More 

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1 Thank GretaLint
Management response:

Hello Greta! We would first like to thank you for visiting Emerald Hollow Mine. We hate that your visit did not go as planned and digging was not what you expected. Thank you for bringing this to our attention- we are now in the process of producing an informative video on digging and what to look for. Keep an eye... More 

Syracuse, New York
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

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 definitely dirt road, but going the posted 10 mph or less it is definitely doable even in a... More 

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Thank bielbay
Falconer, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 walk with your children/grandchildren and come home with new additions for the rock garden, you will enjoy your trip to Emerald... More 

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Thank wbaker14733
Eastern NC
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174 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The internet page made this place look very attractive. After I got there I was sorry that I had wasted my time, but went ahead and spent some time anyway. I found the operation to be tacky. I guess this would be a good place to bring children and get a bucket of dirt to sift through, but I found... More 

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Thank AuntieM64
Management response:

We would first like to thank you for visiting Emerald Hollow Mine. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations and you did not enjoy your time with us. We would like to know more about your experience and try to resolve this issue. Please e-mail rebecca@emeraldhollowmine.com with more information. Thank you. More 

Mebane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Knowledgeable staff had a great visit. Many different buckets and prices. Something for every budget. Lots of fun sluicing looking for treasure. Found lots of beautiful stones.

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Thank Janet P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

What a cool thing to do, you have your pick between working on a table (slithering) or out of a creek (we did this) or digging. Small walk, unlevel terrain but easy to do (throwing hat out there for those with strollers or elderly). So to hit the points of the trip you might want to know.. We found a... More 

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1 Thank Joel M
Durham, North Carolina
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Took a Girl Scout troop up here. It's a quirky place with few amenities, but a nice staff that helps you have a good time. Bring your own food and wear lots of sunscreen and bug spray as well as a change of shoes if you are going to dig in the creek. A good place for kids.

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Thank DrMomPhD

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