September 16, 2016

10 Things to Know When Visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park

Most Arkansans have heard about our unique state park where you can dig for diamonds, but did you know that you can also camp at Crater of Diamonds State Park? This park has so much to offer, you really need to spend the weekend to enjoy it all. My family and three other families did just that recently, and here are a few things that I learned.

  1. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater and the only one open to the public. However, you need to set proper expectations. My children were convinced that they were going to strike it rich strolling around the park picking up all the diamonds just lying around everywhere. This is not the case. However, on average, more than 600 diamonds are found each year.diamondmine
  2. Besides diamonds, you can find a variety of pretty stones like quartz, amethyst and jasper. Over 40 different rocks and minerals occur naturally at the park.
  3. You can bring your own diamond search tools like shovels, buckets and screens, or you can rent tools at the Diamond Discovery Center.
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  4. After you are done digging, you can take your finds to the Diamond Discovery Center for free identification and diamond certification.
  5. The park offers 47 Class AAA campsites with 50 amp, water and sewer, and five tent sites with water only. Free public wireless internet access is provided around both the campground and bathhouse facilities.
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  6. The park offers guided programs and activities throughout the year covering a variety of subjects like nature, geology, diamond searching methods and history. There is also a curriculum available for schools.
  7. Crater of Diamonds State Park has two walking trails. The River Trail is 1.2 miles and winds through the woods on a paved, accessible path to the scenic Little Missouri River. This trail is right in the middle of the campground and is perfect for kids on scooters.
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  8. The Prospector Trail is also 1.2 miles and offers a firsthand view of the park’s unique geological features. This trail requires an admission fee to the mine field.
  9. Bring sidewalk chalk and scooters (see #4) to entertain the kids when not hiking, digging for diamonds or…
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  10. Playing at the water park. Yes, this state park includes a water park! (open seasonally) This was the highlight of the weekend.waterpark
    As Arkansans, we are so fortunate to have so many interesting Arkansas State Parks across the state, and Crater of Diamonds State Park is no exception. Camping, hiking, water play and diamond mining make for a fun and unique family getaway.Crater of Diamonds State Park
    209 State Park Road
    Murfreesboro, AR 71958
    Email: craterofdiamonds@arkansas.com
    Phone: (870) 285-3113
Stacey Valley

Arkansas Women Blogger member Stacey Valley is a wife, mom of four girls (two by marriage and two by adoption), and public health professional. She adores her interracial, real-life modern family, and is thankful that her husband Anthony loves her kind of crazy. Cooking is her therapy. She dreams of moving to Italy one day, so you can often find her binging on House Hunters International. Stacey’s life motto is “Live big. Love deep.” which is also the name of her blog.

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