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WELCOME TO THE EMERALD HOLLOW MINE!
HOURS OF OPERATION
7 DAYS A WEEK
*CLOSING TIME IS DETERMINED BY WEATHER TIME OF YEAR AND GUEST ATTENDANCE. PLEASE CALL PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IF COMING LATER IN THE DAY (AFTER 4PM) TO CONFIRM WE ARE OPEN.*
WE CLOSE TEMPORARILY FOR ELECTRICAL STORMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE.
WE ARE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY AND
NEW YEARS DAY.
OUR LAPIDARY IS CURRENTLY OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED FOR SLUICING, CREEKING OR DIGGING.
PLEASE OBSERVE PERSONAL DISTANCING AND GROUP SIZE RULES ISSUED BY OUR STATE.
Emerald Hollow Mine is the only Emerald Mine in the world open to the public for prospecting. We are nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Brushy Mountains located in Hiddenite North Carolina. This is recognized as one of the most unique and interesting geological locations in North America.
We are a host to more than 60 different types of naturally occurring gems and minerals, a treasure trove of gemstones can be found at our gem mine! Many of these are very rare and include emerald, aquamarine, sapphire, garnet, topaz, amethyst, citrine, rutile, and tourmaline. We have an abundance of world class smoky and clear quartz crystals as well. Hiddenite being the 4th rarest gemstone in the world, can only be found in this small town of hiddenite, North Carolina.
Each year, thousands of rock-hounds, tourists and educational field trip participants flock to this popular North Carolina attraction. Come experience the thrill of finding rare gemstones in the rough. It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned miner, an amateur prospector, student, or with your family. A trip to Emerald Hollow Mine guarantees a fun and exciting adventure for all people of all ages! Come with dreams of uncovering hidden treasures while experiencing a hands on learning experience.