Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite

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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  • Pros: Staff was helpful and approachable. Shout out to guy behind counter and folks at the lapidary (probably misspelled that!) Fairly cheap day trip that included looking for gems in creek and in pre...  more »
  • do you like having time spent by a creek just looking for a gem worth holding onto, than i reccomend you to take a visit to this attraction. Its worth the time spent looking at the river instead going...  more »
  • This is the best place to have fun n adventures with ur family. Made me feel like a kid again. They have a great variety of gems n rocks. The staff is awesome and had no problem answering mine n the kids questions. Steven is my favorite on the staff their. He was very attentive to the kids u don't find that often. If for some reason he isn't their ask for Dalton or Angel. I will be going back very often.
  • Outstanding place to get dirty with your family! About an hour and fifteen away from our house and worth every mile. It was an all around great experience for all of us. It was easy enough to find and the fun starts on the gravel road in. This time, we chose to just stay with the sluice, but you can work in the creek, or their digging area too. Everyone was super nice and helpful. Doesn't take long and you're headed down the hill to get started. They have lots of buckets to choose from. While we were there, we went through three of them. The Native and the Super will be our go to buckets. The staff is friendly and will help in any way needed. Ask questions, they're a wealth of information! We found tons of gems for our sons collection. If you find something you really like, they have a lapidary service on site. Can't wait to get back again. I think we're going to hit the creek for a bit next time. I can certainly recommend making the trip! Thanks!

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