Warm weather and road trips go hand-in-hand and planning your trips now will get you excited for the months to come. You can go on a road trip from Atlanta to this gem mine in South Carolina and you might be surprised with the beautiful gems you might find.

Diamond Hill Mine is only about two and a half hours away from Atlanta and is worth every mile. It's located in South Carolina and is one of the state's premier crystal mines.

There are six acres of land to dig to discover your own crystals. This spot came to be because of erosion that took place in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains.

A few crystals and gems you might find include amethyst, smoky quartz, skeletal elestial, garnet, epidote and more.

Everything you dig up at this spot came from this actual mine, so nothing was added, making it completely natural. Visitors pay just $20 to dig for a full day and whatever is found is yours to keep.

You do have to bring your own supplies, and they suggest bringing a long screwdriver, a shovel, a rake, a rock hammer, a sledgehammer, a pick and durable gloves.

While it's not available these days, when things are fully back to normal, if you don't feel like driving all the way back home after your day, you'll be able to camp here for free. They have several spots where you can set up camp and even hook-ups if you have an RV.

All you have to do is call or email to reserve your spot and you'll be good to go.

Sign-in time is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and you have until the sun goes down to dig up some beauts.

Diamond Hill Mine

Price: $20

Address: 100 Diamond Mine Rd., Abbeville, SC

Why You Need To Go: You can dig for your own rare crystals and gems and camp at night for free.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.