It might have been snowing two weeks ago in Atlanta, but temps have been on the rise since. 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.
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.
The best part is that it's open 365 days a year, so anytime you want to visit, you can.
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.
If you don't feel like driving all the way back home after your day, you can 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
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.