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Murfreesboro, Arkansas: Crater of Diamonds State Park

Thousands of real diamonds have been dug up in these regularly plowed fields of dirt. This is the only place in the world where the public can search for diamonds and keep what they find. Bring an extra set of clothes and sunscreen; you'll get dirty and wet, and the crater has no shade.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Address:
209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR
Directions:
Two miles southeast of Murfreesboro on Hwy 301. Bring an extra set of clothes and sunscreen; you'll get dirty and wet, and the crater has no shade.
Hours:
Summer daily 8-8, off-season 8-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
870-285-3113
RA Rates:
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Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

This was hard work. You need a strong back, and a regular shovel (def not a spade)! The dirt is hard, need to dig at least a foot deep. Don't forget a wagon; buckets of dirt and gravel are very heavy. You can take your dog on a leash. We stayed at Queen of Diamonds Inn -- very clean and comfortable. There is a place across the street that will explain the mining process and rent everything you need for only $30. Very helpful and kind.

[Wanda Sherbert, 05/03/2024]
Crater of Diamonds State Park

They have items to rent to help with mining, however, bring sunscreen, hats, etc as you are out in a large plowed field. We brought a wagon, drinks, tools etc and I'm very thankful we did so. There is very little to do in their little town. Mexican restaurant not far away was fairly good and friendly.

[Tina, 05/02/2024]

Wash pavilion.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

We visited in April, cloudy morning and sunny 70 degrees in the afternoon. It had rained hard the day before so the fields were pretty muddy. There were more than a few people there for a Wednesday, and the preferred method of searching was by digging and wet screening. I didn't find a diamond, but I did find a lot of Jasper and some volcanic stones.

Bring your own tools, food and whatever will make you comfortable as you trip over the furrows, rocks, holes and mud. Get dirty and have fun.

[Annie, 04/10/2022]
Crater of Diamonds State Park

Stopped here, but it was cold and windy. Be sure to bring mud boots, a bucket, small shovel and gloves. Would go back if I had those items.

[Dave, 12/30/2017]

Crater of Diamonds.

Crater of Diamonds

Mining for diamonds is not what I'd expected. It turns out that the Crater is not an actual crater but an open field of very hard dirt that is plowed up every few months. I didn't have any luck, found nothing of value after digging in 103 degrees heat for two hours. However, there is a water park on site to enjoy after getting down and dirty.

[Vicki Stevison, 08/12/2014]

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