Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Crater of Diamonds State Park

Arkansas

(870) 285-3113

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Overview

Arkansas, The Natural State, is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, stands out as a unique geological "gem" for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Here, visitors are invited to prospect in the park's diamond search area, a 37-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic pipe that, 95 million years ago, brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today.

Diamonds of all colors of the rainbow can be found here at Crater of Diamonds, but the three most common colors unearthed by park visitors are white, brown and yellow. This Arkansas Diamond Mine is a rockhound's delight since, along with diamonds, over 40 types of rocks and minerals can found here, too.

Within the park boundary many remnants of old mining ventures remain including the Mine Shaft Building, the Guard House, mining plant foundations, old mining equipment and smaller artifacts. Nowhere else is North American diamond mining history as evident or as well preserved as here.

Along with the diamond search area, the park has hundreds of acres of natural forest featuring a diversity of flora and fauna. Arkansas' natural and cultural diversity -- the geology, the site's history, the plants and animals -- makes the Crater of Diamonds State Park a unique Arkansas attraction unlike any other in the world. Visitors are invited to visit this one-of-a-kind attraction and experience the thrill of searching for real diamonds in the rough. The park staff will identify finds for visitors. And, the policy here is "finders keepers." Any diamonds, semi-precious stones, rocks or minerals visitors unearth are theirs to keep, regardless of the value.

Map of Crater of Diamonds (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.034546, -93.672006

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Activities

  • Boating

    Access to the Little Missouri River is available near the park at Terrell Access, a public boat launch.

  • Camping

    The campground at Crater of Diamonds has 52 campsites, ranging from sites with full hook-ups to primitive tent sites.

  • Fishing

    Bank fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and bream on the Little Missouri River is available. Best fishing times are late summer, as the water is unusually cool because it comes out from under Lake Greeson Dam. Access to the river is also available at Terrell Access.

  • Hiking

    Crater of Diamonds has three short hiking trails, including one to a wildlife observation blind.

  • Historic Sites

    Park interpreters present programs on a regular basis throughout the year. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, programs such as diamond mining demonstrations, rock hound hikes, and history walks may be offered during the day; evening nature programs may also be offered. Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the summer children's program series, "Crater Minors," which offers different fun, hands-on programs each week.

  • Picnicking

    The park has a picnic pavilion available for rent for special occasions.

  • RVing

    The campground at Crater of Diamonds has 47 sites for RVs with 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hook-ups. Spur lengths range from 35 to 70 feet.

  • Water Sports

    Crater of Diamonds even has a water park for those hot summer days. Diamond Springs is the park's 14,700-square feet aquatic playground featuring a 4,166-square feet wading pool with spray geysers, sprayers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades, water slides, and water falls along with a deck and pool furniture. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this refreshing play pool.

  • Wildlife Watching

    One of the newest park offerings is a wildlife observation blind. A gravel walkway leads visitors through a secluded woodland setting to this blind, offering a perfect vantage point to view and photograph deer, turkey, squirrels, a variety of birds and other wildlife in their natural setting.

Directions

Driving

From Little Rock - Travel west on I-30 approximately 56 miles and take exit #73 at Arkadelphia, then go south on Ark. 26 for approximately 34 miles to Murfreesboro. From downtown Murfreesboro, take Ark. 301 and go 2 1/2 miles southwest to the park.

From Louisiana - From the Shreveport Bossier City area, take Louisiana Highway 3 north to the Arkansas state line. As you enter Arkansas, this highway becomes Ark. 29. Travel Ark. 29 north for 23 miles to Hope. Take US 278 north and go 27 miles to Nashville. From Nashville, take Ark. 27 north and go 13 miles to Murfreesboro. At Murfreesboro, take Ark. 301 and go southwest approximately 2 1/2 miles to the park.

From Texarkana - Go east on I-30 for 30 miles and take Exit #30 at Hope. Take US 278 north and go 27 miles to Nashville. From Nashville, take Ark. 27 north and go 13 miles to Murfreesboro. At Murfreesboro, take Ark. 301 and go southeast approximately 2 1/2 miles to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 285-3113

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