You Can Go "Creeking" For Colorful Crystals In North Carolina For Only $20

There are 60+ different kinds to discover.
You Can Go "Creeking" For Colorful Crystals In North Carolina For Only $20

You've likely heard of the alleged healing powers of crystals, but if you're on the lookout for a specific stone, you might have a hard time finding it for a good price. Whether you're attempting to tap into healing powers or just rock a pretty gem on your finger, this gem mine in North Carolina lets you discover authentic gems for one super low price.

Open year-round, Emerald Hollow Mine is a cool means of finding one-of-a-kind gems and minerals. With over 60 kinds of naturally occurring stones, it claims to be the only public emerald mine in the world. If you've been dreaming of uncovering an emerald, this is the place for you.

You've got a variety of options to find the stone of your dreams, one of the most popular being "creeking." You can fully immerse yourself in the creek waters, where the sparkling mountain waters bring down deposits of crystals, especially after a hard rainstorm.

If you're not down to get wet, you can opt to sift or "sluice" through dirt from a designated bucket, with a variety of options regarding what kind of stones might be inside. These buckets range in price, so you can take your chance on one that's $15, or splurge for a $1,000 one that's guaranteed to have some serious marvels of nature.

For those looking to really get down and dirty for the gems, you can dig through the sediment in the creek bed with a trowel.

Entry for the day, which includes permits and tools for creeking, sluicing and digging, is $20 per adult. Sluicing is the only activity with an added cost, as you'll have to pay for each bucket of treasure.

After you found a crystal that catches your eye, you can have it cut and polished so it can transform into wearable jewelry. Future engagement ring, anyone?

Emerald Hollow Mine

Price: $20+

Address: 484 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr., Hiddenite, NC

Why You Need To Go: You're guaranteed to find the real deal when it comes to gorgeous gems and minerals.


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.

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