Campground at Crater of Diamonds State Park Reopens Today

Zoie Clift


We just got news that the
park campground at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro reopens today
following a year-long renovation.

 According to Park
Superintendent Justin Dorsey the campground now features 47 campsites with 20
amp, 30 amp and 50 amp electric service, water and sewer hookups. Each campsite
($28 per night with discounts also available) includes an extended outdoor
living area furnished with a picnic table, pedestal grill, fire ring/grill, and
lantern hanger. Most sites also have a tent pad. Two campsites are barrier-free
to accommodate the needs of visitors with disabilities. The barrier-free sites
are situated adjacent to the campground’s two barrier-free bathhouses.

“Before the renovation our campground featured 59 campsites,”
Dorsey said in a news release, “however, now it includes 47 because the
renovation included adding more space between the campsites for more privacy.
And more width and length at each campsite now make it possible for bigger
recreational vehicles to park here.”

For camping enthusiasts,
the campground offers an additional five walk-in tent sites at $11 per night.

Crater of Diamonds State
Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of
the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A short trail connects the
campground to the diamond search area at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
This 37 ½-acre plowed field is the eroded surface of the eighth largest
diamond-bearing deposit in the world in surface area. It is the world’s only
diamond-producing site open to the public.

On average two diamonds are
found by visitors each day at the park. The park’s policy is what park visitors
find is theirs to keep. The park staff provides free identification and
certification of diamonds. Park interpretive programs and exhibits explain the
site’s geology and history and offer tips on recognizing diamonds in the rough. The park is located two miles
southeast of Murfreesboro.   

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