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All reviews gallon bucket digging area gems and minerals gem mining wear water shoes change of clothes clean water gem mine getting wet picnic tables school groups fun experience emerald hollow we spent hours picnic lunch field trip staff was very friendly
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!!!
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
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 mines is a HUGE birthday present. Have you considered introducing him to gem and mineral mining by purchasing a 'mine at home' bag of gems/'minerals etc.? There are sapphires from Montana, gold dirt from Alaska, I believe bags of 'gravel' (containing 'stuff') from California, and even gravel bags from some of the mines in North Carolia. Just a thought.
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
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 plastic shovel is the biggest concern, as there are a lot of rocks in the creek bed that may cause the shovel to break.
This is a lot different than working the "Florida Beaches" but it is fun
Hope this helps
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
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. But even if you don't plan to dig, you can still use it. Thanks for asking!