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Adventure awaits! This area offers diamond lakes, the Ouachita National forest, natural hot springs and spas, scenic byways, art, history, horse racing and even a chance to dig for diamonds! It’s also where former President Bill Clinton was born and raised. Come play in Southwest Arkansas.

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One-of-a-kind attractions, activities and events in Southwest Arkansas that you won't want to miss.
1. Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. Visitors can dig for diamonds and keep whatever they find! The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed here in 1924 and visitors still find notable diamonds regularly.
2. Mount Ida is often referred to as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. Several mines in the area allow patrons to dig and keep their finds.
3. Arkansas’s most famous blacksmith, James Black, forged the first Bowie knife for James “Jim” Bowie here in the 1830s. Today, Historic Washington State Park has forging workshops where you can learn the craft.
4. The Ouachita Mountains are different from most mountain ranges in that the ridgeline runs predominantly east-west rather than north-south. The east-west directional trend gives rise to distinct plant and animal communities. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail follows this scenic range for more than 220 miles.
5. This area's National Historic Landmark District has several structures dating to the late 1800s. Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs is made up of eight bathhouses, two of these tap into the area’s natural hot springs.
6. There’s something special about the town of Hope, Arkansas. Aside from being the birthplace of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, this small town has produced three World-Record Watermelons.

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Southwest Arkansas’s Diamond Lakes are epicenters of adventure, both on and off the water. Try any water sport imaginable, explore new trails and uncover earthly treasures. Don’t forget to check out the fascinating history, luxurious spas and nightlife in downtown Hot Springs.

Living Their Dream at 2350° Arkansas Artist - Jim & Barbara Larkin

Jim and Barbara Larkin have been a major part of the Hot Springs art community since they started Fox Pass Pottery in 1973. Their handmade pottery is often inspired by their studio’s natural surroundings. “Sometimes picking up a leaf or a rock or just watching the water patterns run over the rocks just gives you an idea or an inspiration,” said Jim. Learn more about their work and make plans to visit their studio and store.

Kate im & Barbara Larkin
Kate im & Barbara Larkin

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