Did We Find a Diamond? - Crater of Diamonds State Park #90DayRoadTrip11:30 PM
Sadly, we did not find a diamond during our visit to Crater of Diamonds State Park, but we did find a gem of a family camping experience at this unique Arkansas State Park. Located outside of the quaint town of Murfreesboro, In 1906, a local farmer found the first diamond on the land that is now Crater of Diamonds State Park. In 1976, the Crater of Diamonds State Park officially opened, and treasure seekers have been flooding its gaits ever since. The boys headed there for two nights of diamond hunting ourselves and had such a great time.
Mining at Crater of Diamonds State Park
Once into the mine, the boys headed off to the covered pavilions with deep troughs set up for wet sifting, which is a lot like gem mining if you have ever done it. There are also benches in these areas and water fountains. Restrooms are located up by the main building.
The boys and I spent about 8 hours out in the diamond mine on our visit, and while we did not find any diamonds, there was recently a diamond over 2 carats found the end of last month. We did find calcite, volcanic rock, jasper and some quartz crystal. The experience alone was exhilarating and we are already talking about when we can head back.
Beginning on Memorial Day, there is Diamond Springs Water Park with a large pool and slides available for a fee too, which would be a wonderful reprieve after a day of searching for diamonds in the sun. Basic necessities and souvenirs can be purchased in the visitor's center too.
In addition to mining for diamonds, some other activities are available. Fishing, wildlife viewing through the park's wildlife blind and trails are available for use to supplement your fun in the diamond mine.
Camping at Crater of Diamonds State Park
If you want to make an overnight, weekend or even a week long stop at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, they have a great campground on property. Campsites are available for both those in a tent and in RV's with full-hookups and some separate walk in tent camping spaces as well. Each site comes with a lantern post, picnic table and fire ring.
The bathrooms here were very clean during our stay, and there are two free showers in each bathhouse too. Laundry is available at a very reasonable fee, which is a huge plus for us, as we did out first laundry of the trip here. There is free wifi at the campground, but only sites very near to the bathhouse are likely to pick it up. Campsites for tents with no hook-ups are $12 a night, and campsites with hook-ups are $32 per night.
If you would like to start planning your visit, summer is a great time to take your mining adventure. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park website for more information or Arkansas.com to see what else the state of Arkansas has to offer.