our lapidary is currently open by appointment only. no appointment necessary for sluicing, creeking or digging.

7 Days a Week
8:30 am - 6:30 pm

These hours are adjusted based upon guest attendance and  weather. If you are coming late in the day after 4 pm please call the Sluiceway and confirm we are open.

Sluiceway Phone Number:

We are open EVERY DAY, rain or shine, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Christmas Day &
New Years Day

Please call our sluiceway to confirm we are open prior to arrival when bad weather is in the forecast.

Emerald Hollow Mine LLC Hiddenite NC
Emerald Hollow Mine LLC Hiddenite NC

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Hiddenite Emeralds
Hiddenite Emeralds

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Mix of gems crystals in gold pan
Mix of gems crystals in gold pan

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Emerald Hollow Mine LLC Hiddenite NC
Emerald Hollow Mine LLC Hiddenite NC

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In the event of a thunderstorm,

We will temporarily close

until the lightning and thunder pass.

In the event of snow, We close only if driving conditions are unsafe. 

Need somewhere to stay? Check out Hiddenite Family Campground or click here for Hotels in the area! 



About Emerald Hollow Mine

     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 seasoned or an 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 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, Christmas Day and New Years Day. There are RV parks with complete hookups nearby. Our friendly, knowledgeable 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 beautifully cut stones and jewelry.

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Contact Us

 Sluiceway: (828) 632-3394

Office: (828) 635-1126

Lapidary: (828) 635-7548

E-MAIL: info@emeraldhollowmine.com

*Please call for time sensitive questions. 

Our e-mail is checked only during office business hours.  

Our Address

484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr.

Hiddenite, NC 28636

We have received our pass to stay open. Please observe personal distancing and group size rules that have been issued by our state. Thank You