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Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro

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Crater of Diamonds State Park is a 911-acre (369 ha) Arkansas state park in Pike County, Arkansas, in the United States. The park features a 37.5-acre (15.2 ha) plowed field, the world's only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public. Diamonds have continuously been discovered in the field since 1906, including the Strawn-Wagner Diamond. The site became a state park in 1972 after the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism purchased the site from the Arkansas Diamond Company and Ozark Diamond Mines Corporation, who had operated the site as a tourist attraction previously.
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  • It's a nice campground and the actity (mining) is a fun thing to do. took the trail to the lake, it was pleasant. People are friendly and helpful. 
    It's a nice campground and the actity (mining) is a fun thing to do. took the trail to the lake, it was pleasant. People are friendly and helpful.  more »
  • This was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. This trip was planned on account of my son who loves dirt and treasure hunting. This seemed like the perfect way to celebrate his 10th... 
    This was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. This trip was planned on account of my son who loves dirt and treasure hunting. This seemed like the perfect way to celebrate his 10th...  more »
  • Wow. We had a great experience sifting for sapphires in Montana and decided to route our trip through Murfreesboro to try Crater of Diamonds State Park. We rented equipment in town including a... 
    Wow. We had a great experience sifting for sapphires in Montana and decided to route our trip through Murfreesboro to try Crater of Diamonds State Park. We rented equipment in town including a...  more »
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  • While the allure is to get rich quick, your chances of finding anything other than sweat and a fun time are pretty low. That said, the cost to enter and dig ($10) was reasonable as was the cost to rent the tools ($15 for the full bundle but you can rent a la carte as well - note that a higher deposit is required but then returned). Getting there early is a must to secure a spot at the water trough. Since there is almost no shade anywhere except the pavilions, bring a hat at the very least and a lot of drinking water. Heatstroke can creep up on you very easily because your hands feel cool when they are in the water.
  • Campground is a little pricey at $42 a night but we still had a great time. Shower house was some of the best I’ve seen and there’s nice walking trail to the river nearby. And of course the thrill of the hunt for diamonds! We would stay again
  • A unique park, to say the least. We spent three hours here, mainly digging in the dirt. We found several gemstones and many neat rocks. There's a nice gift shop with very polite employees. You can purchase basic digging supplies (bucket, bag, spade/scoop). There are restrooms here. A splash pad/water area. Trails. A restaurant that was closed by the time we got there. Picnic tables and shaded areas outside the crater. Plenty of parking. It was a tad disappointing that they close down at 4:00 p.m. We had a long drive, and got there later than expected. We would have liked to stay another few hours, but we're pretty happy with what we found in our time there. Well worth visiting! We'll go back again (hopefully much earlier in the day) next time we're in the area. There are several Pokestops and gyms here.
  • We didn't stay this time to mine/dig for diamonds, but did enjoy the River trail. It was really nice to see the paved ADA trail for over half the trail. The 2 fitness spots were nice as well. The placards along the trail were some of the best I've seen, and were very informative. Loved the footprint and leaf ones! The river view was nice, but wished there was a dock or pier to go out on. The non-paved part was really nice too, like you're a kid playing in the woods! Wear repellent for sure. Very easy & quick trail. Walked the short wildlife viewing trail as well. Didn't see any wildlife, might be nice to have some feeders for them to draw them in. Was a nice clearly marked trail. The campsites were nature friendly & tucked away, not right on top of each other. The visitor center didn't have much in stock, but was very informative as far as the history of the park and how to know you found a diamond.
  • We were there first week of January. Took two of my grand kids to look for gems. We like to look for stones on the beach, so I thought this would be fun. We didn't find anything but we had fun being there and trying. It was a bit chilly and some parts were muddy, but the sunshine helped. The visitor center is very informative and helpful. We brought are own tools, shovels, rakes and sifters and our chairs. Took a break and had lunch in our car, it was windy and chilly and gave us time to warm up a bit before heading back out.

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