There are emerald mines in North Carolina. The Emerald Hollow Mine prides itself for being the only emerald mine that is open to the public for prospecting in the United States. Emerald Village allows the public to dig through the dumps of the Crabtree mine.
Emerald Hollow is located an hour away from the Blue Ridge Parkway. This mine is home to over 60 different types of gems and minerals. The Hiddenite gem found here is the only place this gem can be found on Earth. The public may also search through buckets as well as the dumps to find gems.