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Emerald Hollow Mine

Open Now: 08:30 - 20:00
Open today: 08:30 - 20:00
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Manage your expectations and you will love it

We came on a cold, rainy day - we were the only ones there! Kind of fun, though it meant we limited... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Santa Barbara, California
Gem mining

Nice place to take the kids on an education trip and they get to play in dirt to learn about gem... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Taylorsville, North Carolina
via mobile
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  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
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“gallon bucket”(16 reviews)
“digging area”(10 reviews)
The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 20:00
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came on a cold, rainy day - we were the only ones there! Kind of fun, though it meant we limited ourselves to buying a bucket and sitting at the sluice, out of the rain. My husband, daughter, and I split a Surprise bucket...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ZiggyInSB
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Nice place to take the kids on an education trip and they get to play in dirt to learn about gem naturally grown

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

It was an ok experience for a first time gem miner. Creeking was fun, but only yielded a few tiny emeralds and some jasper and garnets. I agree with other reviews that the creek does not keep producing new emeralds after being raided by visitors...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Alena S
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We went mining while camping in Hiddenite. We were charged an admittance fee to even enter the grounds. Then paid an additional fee for our bucket of dirt (gems). We spent a total of $56 for our 2 children and us to mine for approx....More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank nursemanda
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Went to the mine with kids age 3 and 7. Started with creeking and then went sluecing. We walked the short path thriugh the woods to the creek and had a blast in the creek- the water clear and was a little chilly at first...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Sluicibng and other avtivities is great fun for both children and grown ups, but be prepared to get dirty if you want to do digging in the mine. And you may even be lucky enough to find something valuable. On my last visit I actually...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank jan120253
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Was a fun day trip. Staff helpful most of the time. Was great having someone point out what we found. Thought was a little pricey. Our 5 yr old loved it for about ten minutes then just entertained himself with the toys he had to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MichaelH5220
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I took my grandson to Emerald Hollow for his 10th birthday. We had a blast! We did the "creeking" and sluicing combo and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Our finds included emeralds, rubies, sapphires, citrine, moonstones, amazonite and so many others. The staff were knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank beachfeet011
Reviewed 27 August 2018

10.00 for a miners permit and then purchase buckets for 25.00 and found junk scrap not worth doing stay clear of this place the workers smell like weed and act wild and rude.............................Beware!!!!

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Al J
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Had such a good time. Recommend bringing a change of clothes. You will get dirty. Staff was so helpful and nice. Will definitely go back.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Natalie S
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Larilee E
26 April 2018|
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Response from 379conniel | Reviewed this property |
North Carolina has a ton to offer, and Trip Advisor is the best app to use to find nice hotels, mines and so on. I'd like to offer an alternative. A trip from Maine to North Carolina where you will no doubt try numerous... More
27 June 2017|
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Response from tommyprzybylski | Reviewed this property |
As a beach-comber myself, I would be cautious with the kids toys, as they are most likely going to break. The bucket would most likely be ok, but there is really no need to bring the sifter as they have them there. The... More
12 May 2017|
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Response from NCrockhound | Property representative |
Yes, you are welcome to bring a cart to haul your gear. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend it to those who plan to go digging, since it makes it much easier to haul filled buckets back to the sluiceway to go through... More