Digging at Diamond Hill
Here at the Diamond Hill Mine you will have a rare opportunity to collect your own crystals. We do not "salt" or toss out crystals in the dumps so you can find. Its all "unsalted", meaning everything you will find came from this actual mine. You will have many dump/spoil piles to search through, about 5-6 acres, or you may search for a vein, virgin/nondug areas, this means you can actually find your own crystals where they formed over 400 million years ago, but this method is much harder style and can or cannot pay off. We have 6+ acres of dirt that is loaded with quartz crystals to surface collect or to dig through.
It is not uncommon for people to take home a car load of crystals and clusters in one single day! You will not find as much amethyst as it is more rare, but many people find atleast a piece or two, but some find more! Visit our picture page on facebook to see some of the most recent finds by visitors.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DO NOT GO TO THE MINE WITHOUT PRIOR RESERVATIONS UNLESS ITS AN OPEN DIG(see calender) OTHERWISE, PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, THANK YOU
**AN "open dig" just means that you dont have to make reservation to come out, just show up. BE SURE to check the calender before showing up to make sure you are arriving on an open dig date and that you are not getting there too late to sign in or too early, for this check the calender for further details on any "open dig" dates.
NO TRAILERS ALLOWED, Limit on rocks is a car/truck load.
6 & under are free
Non-Collector is free (non-collectors are not allowed in collecting area, only in camping, vending, or parking area.
***WE DO SPECIAL RATES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS & SCOUTS***
Adults/Chaperones Group Rate $10 each
College Students Group Rate $10 each
High School Students/Scouts Group Rate $5 each
CAMPING IS FREE!!! We have several areas for setting up a tent or you can even bring a pull behind or a moter home as many have done before. Please call or e-mail if you plan to camp.
The only facilities we have is an out house, no running water. There is a mini-mart type gas station about 5 min. away.
Contacts for Reservations
Please contact one of the following to make reservations for a day at the mine.
NO ONE is allowed to go onto property without first making reservations and/or meeting up to sign waiver unless its on an "open dig" date, see calender link. If caught trespassing, you can be banned from the property.
What You Will Need For Digging
1.Gloves, a thin yet durable pair. A great type are thin garden type with rubber or poly palms.
2.Tools you might use; shovel, rake, rock hammer, sledge hammer, pick.
3.Boxes or flats to carry and store your finds in until you get home.
4.Newspaper or similar for stuffing/packing in case of some better finds so they don't get damaged.
5.Drinks, food, snacks
6.Sunscreen if summer, first aid kit for scrapes that might occur!
7.A big smile! If you don't have one, you will soon after finding your crystal treasures!
These are all optional tips, I would highly suggest at least bringing a pair of gloves although they are not required. Only shirt and shoes are required as well as no open toe shoes or barefoot digging!
NO NIGHT DIGGING!!!
If you are cought night digging you will be asked to leave and lose any future access to the mine. Its too dangerous to be anywhere near the pit area.
No children 12 & under are allowed in the pit area without adult supervision at all times.
NO Throwing rocks!
Frequent Questions with Answers
Q: How long and where can we dig?
A: You can dig from sign in until dark if you have current signed waivers. Digging is allowed anywhere on property unless marked and no digging in parking area please.
Q: How do I get there?
What are the directions?
A: Address is 100 Diamond Mine Road, in Antreville, SC
I would 1st try http://www.mapquest.com for getting here. See our directions link at top of page.
If Antreville does not come up in your gps, try Abbeville or Iva
Directions to the mine from I-85 North or South: Take I-85 north/south to exit 21 (US 178/Anderson, SC). Go south on US 178 for about a mile and bear right onto SR 28 (Abbeville/Antreville). Stay on SR 28 all the way to Antreville. Crawford’s Country store is on your left as you enter Antreville and is also 21 miles from exit 21 on I-85. Drive past Crawford’s store till you see Emanuel Baptist Church and turn right on to SR 284. Drive 2.3 miles and take a right on Suber Road/SC road S-01-508. Be careful not to turn into the folks' driveway just before the road here. Go seven tenths of a mile and you will see on your right a gravel road, Diamond Mine Road/SC road S-1-538. Turn right and go half a mile and the mine entrance will be on your right.