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Emerald Hollow Mine

484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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So much fun!

We brought our daughter here as a surprise on her birthday during our multi-state road trip. We had... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Angella D
via mobile
Great Time

Our granddaughters had a great time. We have come here for the past 5 years and they have a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bethune, South Carolina
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The one and only public emerald mine in the world, covering 69 acres.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“gallon bucket” (14 reviews)
“digging area” (10 reviews)
“red mud” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636-7393
+1 828-635-1126
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We brought our daughter here as a surprise on her birthday during our multi-state road trip. We had so much fun that we came back again the next day! Both days we did sluicing and creeking. The creeking was a more time-consuming process but was...More

1  Thank Angella D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our granddaughters had a great time. We have come here for the past 5 years and they have a great time every year.

Thank trg180
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the sluicing with a purchased bucket and we went to dig in the creek. Both was fun. Found gems both ways. Crystals are abundant. When we come back we will try the digging first to see what we can find. Old clothes, comfortable...More

1  Thank Connie O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my four year son her while visiting Charlotte. (It's about a 50 minute drive) Very authentic feeling.. The staff was very friendly, especially with my son. They showed him the different rocks to look door and explained everything very well. We grabbed a...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Emerald Hollow Mine several times with school groups, and each time has been a great experience. My students consistently list this as their favorite field trip. Their staff are always so patient and understanding with my students, yet professional and able to...More

Thank tjessup
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on Friday before Memorial Day with my sister and 10 & 13 year old nieces. The attraction is off the beaten path but we had no difficulty finding it. We all love treasure hunting activities and experiencing the flavor of the states we travel...More

3  Thank Gina S
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us. Please e-mail me directly if possible so we can discuss your time with us. Please include your name, the date you came to see us, the coupon you tried to use during check-in and names or descriptions of the employees...More

Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

The mine is located a considerable ways off the beaten path but if you want to do something fun (especially for kids) it's a great trip. You can sluice with purchased buckets, sluice in the creek, dig your own buckets or do all three. Prices...More

Thank Tawanna R
Reviewed 9 June 2017

The good: My son previously went here on a fieldtrip and it was educational. The bad: Austin, the person at the admission counter said that I could do 3 activities for 25.00. He said that it would also cover the “permit”.?? I paid $50.00 for...More

1  Thank thelanes12345
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is a great venue for those who want to try their hand at a number of different types of mining. They have pre-filled buckets, full of sand and gems etc., that you can purchase and just "scoop and sluice" with a WIDE range of...More

1  Thank tommyprzybylski
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Fun time here for me and my brother. Jacob was very nice and helpful. Good place for the experience and atmosphere and fun time.. The owners son was very nice and friendly also. I would definitely go again. You will get dirty but that's part...More

Thank Gayle W
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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
Pamela K
17 April 2017|
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Response from marykta | Reviewed this property |
Different boxes can have different screen holes depending on the size of the stones. At the mine all the digging efforts are taken care of so the screen size will be small and somewhat like screen door materials to help you... More