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

Owner: Mineral City Mining Co., Inc.

Managed by:
Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association


NOTICE: If you are a paid MAGMA member and want the $5.00 discount when visiting the Crabtree Mine, you have to go through this web site to visit. Emerald Village signs people in for us and collects the forms and fees, they will not give the discount as they keep $5.00 for collecting money for us.

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

$20.00 per day for adults. (non-MAGMA members, MAGMA standard members)
$15.00 per day for M.A.G.M.A. Platinum club members only.
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.
Rates for machine digs vary.

After you have contacted one of the above listed representatives and arranged a date for your trip, you will receive an email with permission to collect at the property on that date. Be sure to keep a copy of this email with you while on the property. No one will be allowed on the property without permission.

Send a copy of the signed release form(s) along with a check or money order for the appropriate amount to:

M.A.G.M.A. Club
P.O. Box 542
Leicester, N.C.

More Information:

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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