Emerald Hollow Mine

Emerald Hollow Mine

485 Emerald Hollow Mine Drive, Hiddenite, NC USA.

The Emerald Mountain Mine is located in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in North Carolina. It is the only emerald mine open to the public in the United States. This mine is a great experience not only for the serious prospector, student, or curious vacationer, but also the family looking for a wonderful experience.

The Emerald Mountain Mine hosts more than sixty-three types of natural gems and minerals. Many rare varieties, like aquamarine, sapphire, garnet, emerald, topaz, amethyst, tourmaline are present is this mine. There are also many of the clear and smoky quartz crystals found here.

One of the reasons that have made this mine world famous is that it is the only known place in the world to produce the very rare gemstone, “Hiddenite”. Also, this is the only emerald mine that remains open to the public, to actually prospect, in the world.

While visiting the Emerald Hollow Mine, you will have the opportunity to try your luck at mining, one or all of three different ways.

“Slucing”, the most popular, is done by sitting under a covered sluiceway, and washing out buckets of ore taken from the mine to find precious gemstones. This method is a lot like “panning” in creeks and rivers. If you plan to try your luck at this method, dress for playing in dirt and mud, and having lot’s of fun.

“Creeking”, is a method of walking up one of the many creeks on the property, and shoveling ore from the creek into a screen.

“Digging”, is just that, finding a spot and digging for gems. Expect this to be hard work, but remember, the mother loads are generally found this way.

You will need to purchase mining permits for any or all of these experiences, but the fees are minimal.  Also, if you are vacationing and don’t have the tools for the experience, they are available for a few dollars for rent.

Whichever method you choose, you will be experiencing the real thing. Bringing a change of clothes is suggested.

Date posted: 28th December, 2012

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