Dig For Rare Gems At Emerald Hollow In North Carolina
Rock hounding just doesn’t get any better than it is at this one, little-known gem mine in North Carolina. That’s because, at Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, digging for gems means you could turn up any of about 60 different gems and minerals that are native to the dirt in which you’re digging. And many of the gems found here are rare, like emerald, sapphire, aquamarine, topaz, garnet, citrine, amethyst, tourmaline, and rutile. In fact, Emerald Hollow Mine bills itself as the only emerald mine in the world that’s open to the public.
Emerald Hollow Mine is open rain or shine seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. If planning to arrive after 4 p.m., please call the mine at (828)632-3394 to confirm. Learn more about the process of mining and about Emerald Hollow Mine from the mine’s official website right here.
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Address: Emerald Hollow Mine Dr, Hiddenite, NC 28636, USA
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Robin Jarvis is a travel writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She's lived in the Carolinas for nearly three decades and currently resides in Charleston. When she's not working, she loves to cook with friends and check out new adventures. General questions and FAM tours: firstname.lastname@example.org.