Arkansas State Parks
The only place in the world where you can dig for diamonds for a small fee and keep what you find. Some of the more notable diamonds found include: the 40.23-carat "Uncle Sam"--the largest diamond ever unearthed in the United States, the 15.33-carat "Star of Arkansas," and the 4.25-carat "Kahn Canary" diamond, worn by Hillary Clinton for two presidential and two gubernatorial inaugurals. The 3.03-carat "Strawn-Wagner Diamond" was cut to a 1.09-carat gem graded D-flawless 0/0/0, the highest grade a diamond can achieve, by the American Gem Society. Diamond Discovery Center offers an introduction to diamond hunting, equipment rentals, exhibit gallery. Diamond Springs is a mining-themed aquatic playground; camping, picnic sites, trails, wildlife observation blind, gift shop, restaurant.
James "Caleb" Howell, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Crater of Diamonds State Park (G-3)
36 RV/Tent with W/E/S; 11 RV with W/E/S; 5 Walk-in Tent
From North Washington Ave. in downtown Murfreesboro, go 2 miles southeast on Hwy. 301. (Murfreesboro, AR 71958)
Crater of Diamonds offers a one-of-a-kind park experience: the chance to find and keep real diamonds and other gems. A gem-hunting admission fee is charged. Mining tools can be rented or purchased at the Diamond Discovery Center. Park staff provide free identification and certification of diamonds.
Visitor Center with exhibits, Diamond Discovery Center with exhibits, interpretive programs, cafe (open seasonally), picnic sites, bathhouse with restrooms, hot showers, dump station, enclosed pavilion with air-conditioning, laundry, hiking trails, amphitheater, playground, wildlife observation blind. Diamond Springs aquatic playground is open seasonally.