You Can Camp for Free and Dig for Your Own Crystals, Gemstones at This Mine Near Atlanta


People that collect crystals and gems enjoy mining for treasures, especially in North America. There are many public places to mine in North America. If you’re ever going through South Carolina or you’re planning a trip, you might want to plan some extra days to add to your trip if you have the time. If you get the time, you can enjoy a wonderful mining adventure and come back home with some marvelous crystals and gems.

Abbeville’s Diamond Hill Mine is one of the primary crystal mines in South Carolina with more than six acres of land left public for people to dig for their crystals. The place is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Atlanta. The place also allows you to camp overnight for free.

The mountains that this place is located on are the Appalachian Mountains. These mountains are one of the oldest ones in the entire world.

Through millions of years, due to erosion on the southern parts of the mountains, an area of three acres was exposed and it contained the largest variety of quartz crystals. This exposed range is called the Diamond Hill. In the Diamond Hill, you can find the best Smoky and Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Skeletal (Elestial), Angle Plated, Iron and Manganese Oxide coated, Aura, and many more crystals. Additionally, you can find minerals such as Epidote, Garnet, and Beryl.

This public digging site is available for the public every day throughout the year. Visitors are required to pay just $20 to dig for a full day from 9 am to about 6 pm (sunset). Whatever the diggers find, they can keep. All of these materials located on the site have come from the mine. If you’re planning on making this trip, you’ll have to bring your tools for digging such as a rake, shovel, rock hammer, long screwdriver, sledgehammer, pick, durable gloves, as well as containers for you to store the treasure in. You should also bring your supplies of food and water.

Booking is not necessary since you can just go and sign-in between 9 am and 2 pm for a day’s dig. However, if you do like to stay overnight, you’ll have to email or call ahead of time. Several stops are available for you to set up camp or RV parking and there’s no additional charge.

There are other additional areas that you can explore for treasure. However, you’ll need to know that these areas are off the beaten track and you will be needing supplies to last your stay.

Here are the few other destinations that you might want to visit:

Located in Hiddenite, North Carolina, the Emerald Hollow Mine is the only public destination for people to look for emeralds in the US. This area is a very unique geological location in North America. However, instead of digging, you just pick up a bucket from one of three sluiceways coming directly from Hiddenite’s emerald mine. In your bucket, you might find emeralds as well as topaz, amethyst, and aquamarine gems.

To accommodate visitors that want to hike and explore surrounding areas, the Hiddenite Family Campground started collaborating with Emerald Hollow Mine.

Another location to visit is the Crater of Diamonds Park State Park which is located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This place is the only one in the world where they allow the public to dig for diamonds. Renting tools are available, however, you can always bring your own. There are 40 varieties of rocks and minerals available to discover in this place aside from diamonds. Camping facilities, fishing, and nature hikes are available at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Located in Virgin Valley, Nevada, the Royal Peacock Mine contains the most beautiful black fire opals in North America. There are two varieties of diggings you can do at this place. For $190 per day, you can dig in the bank area where the highest concentration of fire opals is located. You can also spend $75 per day so you can dig in the dumps and tailings of the mine instead. This mine is not open every day of the year, however. It’s only open from May 15 to October 15. The park contains a fully-loaded RV park and other lodgings. Early booking will be smart since people will try to book their trips as soon as they can. Additionally, you should stock up on supplies since the nearest store from the park is 100 miles away.


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