Have you been digging around to find something different and fun to do? Luckily, there’s a hidden gem just 25 miles away from downtown Statesville. Visit Emerald Hollow Mine to add some sparkle to your day!
Emerald Hollow Mine
Ever dreamed of being a rockhound? That dream can come true when you visit Emerald Hollow Mine and become an amateur mineral collector for the day!
Emerald Hollow Mine is the only emerald mine in the world open to the public for prospecting. Tucked in the foothills of theBrushy Mountains in Hiddenite, North Carolina, it’s also the only place in the world geologists say you can find true hiddenite.
Never heard of hiddenite? Don’t worry. It is the fourth-rarest gemstone out there. This unique pale-to-emerald green variety of spodumene is naturally colored with chromium. Hiddenite is also said to be the only gemstone that can’t be recreated by man or synthesized.
However, the rare beauty isn’t the only precious gem or mineral found at the mine. In fact, there are more than 60 varieties of naturally-occurring gems and minerals on site!
Visitors are likely to find emerald, topaz, sapphire, citrine, aquamarine and amethyst—just to name a few. Plus, Emerald Hollow Mine is home to a solid collection of smoky and clear quartz crystals as well.
Plan your visit
The easiest way to prospect at the mine is by sluicing. It may sound complicated, but it’s actually simple! You’ll purchase a bucket. Then you’ll find a seat at the sluice way and start washing away dirt.
Before long that dirt may go from mud to something shiny. Prices range from $5 up to $1,000 and may be split between parties. Click here to find out specifics about pricing.
What about food?
There are snack and drink machines for light refreshments. Otherwise, guests can pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at a shaded picnic tables on site. Emerald Hollow Mine has also compiled a list of nearby eateries for quick planning.
To visit Emerald Hollow Mine, head to 484 Emerald Hollow Mine Drive in Hiddenite. From Summer Pointe, it’s about a 26-minute drive down US-64 West.
You can visit Emerald Hollow Mine seven days a week. Generally, hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.
From one hidden gem to another, you never know what you may find just below the surface around here! If you are looking for you next home in Statesville, contact us to ask about availability. For more fun things to do around town, keep reading our blogs!