Crabtree Emerald Mine
Grassy Creek Township, North Carolina
(Near Little Switzerland)

Owner: Mineral City Mining Co. LLC


COVID - 19, Corona Virus info: The Crabtree Mine is open to collecting. Follow current CDC covid guidelines. Thanks, and have fun!

NOTICE: The road leading to the Crabtree Mine is a private road maintained by the residents that live in the area. The speed limit for the road is 15 MPH. Please drive the speed limit when coming and going from the mine. There are small children and pets that live there.

NOTICE: The Crabtree Mine is private property and you must have permission AND a signed release form on file with us to be allowed on the property. All persons entering the property without having permission AND release form are illegally trespassing. The mine is now under video camera surveillance and trespassers will be prosecuted.

The Crabtree Emerald Mine is one of the most famous emerald mines in North America. Located in the wild mountains of Western North Carolina, the Crabtree offers collecting opportunities for individual mineral collectors and rock clubs alike. Come spend the day with family, friends and fellow rockhounds and try your luck at finding the rare gem green emeralds which the mine is famous for. You may also find other gems and minerals all native to this site: black tourmaline (schorl), yellow beryl, green beryl, garnet, mica, feldspar, quartz, fluorite, and more. To obtain permission to collect and schedule a date for your field trip, simply contact us at:

Each individual entering the property will be required to sign a release form which you can print here: Release Form

$25.00 per day, per adult.
Children 12 years of age and under are free.
Children under 18 y.o.a. must have a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Email a copy of the signed release form(s) to or text to 828-779-4501.

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Contact Information

Directions to the Crabtree Mine

Geology of the Crabtree Mine

History of the Crabtree Mine

Mine Pictures

Release Form

Rules of Conduct and Collecting

Specimen Photos

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