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Crater of Diamonds State Park
Crater of Diamonds State Park © Doug Wertman / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Field at Crater of Diamonds State Park
Crater of Diamonds State Park © Doug Wertman from Rogers, AR, USA / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Prospectors at Crater Of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR seek their fortune.
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209 State Park Road
Murfreesboro, Arkansas   71958
(lat:34.0325 lon:-93.6729) map location

Phone: 870-285-3113
Email: park email button icon
Arkansas, The Natural State, is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders. 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 you to explore and enjoy.

Here, you are invited to prospect in the park's diamond search area, a 37 1/2-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. Crater of Diamonds State Park is a rockhound's delight since, along with diamonds, more than 40 types of rocks and minerals can found here, too. These rocks and minerals include lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite.
Nature of the Area
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. The parking lot just inside the park entrance is adjacent to the observation blind's walkway.
History of the Area
In 1906, John Huddleston, the local farmer who owned this property then, found the first diamonds near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and started the diamond mining rush. According to the history of Crater of Diamonds State Park, after a series of ill-fated diamond mining ventures, followed by tourist attractions, the diamond mine site became an Arkansas state park in 1972.

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 and offering visitors interesting things to do. Arkansas's natural and cultural diversity -- the geology, history, plants and animals -- makes Crater of Diamonds State Park a unique Arkansas attraction unlike any other in the world. You are invited to visit this one-of-a-kind attraction and experience the thrill of digging for diamonds in the rough. Our park staff will identify your finds for you. And unlike other diamond mines, our park has a policy of "finders keepers." Any diamonds, semi-precious stones, rocks or minerals you unearth are yours to keep, regardless of their value.
Visitors Center
Beginning July 2009 the park visitor center is closed for renovation. While this building is closed, park visitors will access the diamond search area through the Diamond Discovery Center. The Center is open daily throughout the year except for Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day:

Memorial Day through Labor Day: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (The last two weeks of August Mon. a?? Thur. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m./ Fri. Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. /Labor Day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)Labor Day through Memorial Day: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pets are allowed at all facilities with the exception of the Diamond Springs Water Park and Kimberlite Cafe', as long as they remain on a leash under the owner's control at all times.
Park Store
The Crater of Diamonds gift shop is temporarily located in the upper level of the Diamond Discovery Center while the visitor center is under renovation. The gift shop offers a wide selection of items for sale including souvenir caps, t-shirts, mugs, pins, patches, and spoons. You'll also find an assortment of gem and mineral field guides, diamond-hunting tools, cut and polished rocks and minerals, and novelty items. Drinks and snacks are available in the gift shop. Bagged ice is available for purchase at the pavilion.
Open seven days a week 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and only on weekends during the last two weeks of the season. The restaurant offers a breakfast and lunch menu including sandwiches and hamburgers, along with hand-scooped ice cream. Drinks and snacks are available in vending machines and at the gift shop.
Beginning July 26, the park campground featuring 59 campsites will close to undergo renovation. This closure will be in effect for several months while the entire campground is improved. The campground at Daisy State Park is an alternate choice. This nearby state park is 1/4 mile south of Daisy off U.S. 70. The drive time is only about 25 minutes from the Crater of Diamonds to Daisy State Park.

Camping reservations are accepted 12 months in advance of your intended stay. Reservations require a two-night minimum stay on Friday and Saturday nights, and a three-night minimum stay when a holiday causes a three-day weekend. All reservations require payment of a non-refundable reservation fee of one night's camping fee at the time the reservation is made. Payment by credit card is required. Reservations are accepted by phone or in person from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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. This is a public boat‐launching ramp across from the park. Directions are available at the visitor center. Trout fishing can be outstanding on the Little Missouri River below Lake Greeson Dam. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regularly stocks the river with trout from November through March, although you may fish for trout year-around. A fishing license is required. Licenses and trout stamps are available in Murfreesboro.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located near Nashville
Nearby Parks

Little Missouri River Trail

Length: 1.2 miles

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Description: The trail winds its way through the woods from the campground to the scenic Little Missouri River. The trail then loops back through the forest to the trailhead. This trail provides a relaxing one hour hike over level terrain. Half of the trail has paved barrier-free access, and is the longest wheelchair accessible trail in southwest Arkansas. The unpaved left-hand section of the trail is easily walked.

Location: Two miles southeast of Murfreesboro on Hwy. 301

Prospector Trail

Length: 1.2 miles

Time: 3/4 to 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This easily traversed trail offers visitors a first-hand view of the park's unique geological features. The rock outcroppings along the west side of the trail are uncommon for this geographical area.

Location: Two miles southeast of Murfreesboro on Hwy. 301

Wildlife Observation Blind Trail

Length: .2 mile

Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This short and easily traversed trail leads visitors to a wildlife observation blind. Whitetail deer, gray squirrels, armadillos, numerous bird species, and other wildlife may be observed from the blind

Location: 2 miles southeast of Murfreesboro on Hwy. 301
Nature Programs
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.

"Diamond Mining How-To" videos are available throughout the year.

Advance arrangements for special programs for bus tours, schools, and other groups can be made with an interpreter.
Area Attractions

The park features a 37 1/2-acre field of diamond bearing soil plowed approximately once a month when weather allows. Historic structures, old mining equipment, washing pavilions, and sun shelters are located on the field. Rock and mineral identification is provided at the Diamond Discovery Center.

Diamond Springs Water Park

A 14,700 sq. ft. mining-themed aquatic playground opened at the park in the summer of 2004. The facility features a 4,166 sq. ft. wading pool with spray geysers, sprayers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades, two water slides and waterfall hideaways along with a spacious deck and pool furniture.

Diamond Springs's 2009 hours of operation are: Open daily May 23 through August 15 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m., and open weekends only during August 16 through September 7. The water playground will only be open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Labor Day. Admission to this facility is for persons 42 inches or more in height; for persons less than 42 inches in height. Children under age 2 are admitted free, limited to three children per paying adult. Non-swimmers entering the water park are required to purchase a chaperone wrist ticket. A 20-admissions' special pass can be purchased. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

The water playground may be rented for private pool parties after normal closing hours (no rental after dark). The park will furnish lifeguards. Minimum rental will be for two hours and per swimmer for groups over 20 persons. Rates vary according to size of the party. To receive a refund in the event of a cancellation, you must contact the park at least seven days in advance of the scheduled event's date. Contact the park for more information on group rentals.

Diamond Discovery Center

At the Crater of Diamonds State State, you will dig for diamonds in a 37 1/2-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic pipe. This is the eighth largest,diamond-bearing deposit in the world surface area.

You'll pass through the park's Diamond Discovery Center on your way to the diamond search area. This fascinating interpretive center serves as your gateway to the search area by offering an in-depth introduction to the unique adventure of searching for diamonds. Tour the exhibits. Visit with the park interpretive staff. Here, you'll learn to recognize diamonds in the rough. You'll be taught the three different search methods used here at the Crater of Diamonds. And, you'll be introduced to the diamond hunters' hall of fame featuring photographs of the faces of successful diamond prospectors that you might recognize on the search area while you hunt for diamonds here, too.

Watch the on-demand 'Diamond Hunting 101' video or one of the diamond searching demonstrations by a park interpreter.

In this building you'll rent the digging tools and screens for your diamond prospecting. And, here is where you will return later to have your material identified by a park staff member. If you've found a diamond, it will be certified, too.

Along with the exhibit gallery, this two-level, barrier-free building includes vending machines and restrooms/changing rooms for the adjacent Diamond Springs water playground. The upper level features a 1,600-square-foot classroom where the park gift shop is located temporarily while the park visitor center is under renovation in 2009.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 3 Great memory by Audrey
park review stars; one to five I went here with my dad when I was about 12 and it was an adventure- we had a great time- no diamonds but plenty of other amazing stones. A dirty, muddy, fantastic good time! Kids will love it.
August 19 Great Place by Diamondcutter
park review stars; one to five Best kept secret in America!
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