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Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas

Updated on October 8, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Crater of Diamonds State Park Sign
Crater of Diamonds State Park Sign | Source

Digging for Diamonds in Arkansas

Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person?

Do you win when playing card games?

Do you occasionally win when playing the lottery?

If you knew that with a little bit of effort and luck you could find your own diamonds or other precious stones would you be interested?

Crater of Diamonds
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Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Near Murfreesboro, Arkansas there is a 37 ½ plowed field where, if fortune is smiling upon you, glittering tokens of your love for that special someone can be found.

It is the Crater of Diamonds State Park which was created as a state park in 1972.

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Finders Keepers

"Finder's Keepers" is the rule of the day.

It is the only place in the United States where diamonds and other minerals can be found and kept by the general public in a state park.

The entire park consists of nine hundred and eleven acres and is a beautiful spot to visit whether lady luck is shining on you regarding the finding of gemstones or not.

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Since Arkansas touches Texas on its southwest border, hopefully I will get to spend more time in that state discovering more of its treasures.

Arkansas is a beautiful state! My mother and I spent a vacation in parts of Arkansas one year and came away with many happy memories.

The only national park in Arkansas located in Hot Springs was definitely on our list of places to see.

Eureka Springs is definitely worth a trip destination as we discovered. Just outside of Eureka Springs was the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel.

Those were just a few of the noteworthy sites we enjoyed while traveling by car that year.

According to the video below, 2 diamonds a day are discovered in Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Sadly we did not have the time to try our luck digging for diamonds as we had made reservations for lodging ahead of time and had to meet our schedule.

Did you know?

Most people are aware that former President Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas. Many other famous people came from there as well. Here is a partial list:

  • Douglas MacArthur
  • Glen Campbell
  • John Grisham
  • Johnny Cash
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Louis Jordan
  • Bear Bryant
  • Sonny Liston
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Al Green
  • Helen Gurley Brown

There are many more!

Prospectors at Crater Of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR seek their fortune.
Prospectors at Crater Of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR seek their fortune. | Source

This state park is in an area where an extinct volcano once existed.

Will it ever run out of diamonds? The answer is no. The bed that contains this treasure trove goes down to a depth of 120 miles! With the forces of erosion things will forever be coming to the surface.

Take time to view the video below to learn more information about this site and why some people have actually moved to the area in order to do prospecting on a frequent basis.

Have you ever visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park?

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If you did visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park did you unearth a diamond?

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With perseverance and a great amount of luck perhaps the next Hope Diamond is waiting to be discovered!

 Hope Diamond in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
Hope Diamond in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC | Source

Murfreesboro, Arkansas

If digging for diamonds does not interest visitors to Murfreesboro, perhaps digging for arrowheads might do the trick. There is an Indian village there where visitors can try their hand at doing just that.

Nearby Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River offers numerous aquatic activities.

If you have never visited Arkansas, you might wish to put it on your bucket list.

Had you ever heard of the Crater of Diamonds State Park prior to reading this? If you have visited Arkansas or are from there, what are your favorite places to visit?

Please leave your comments below. Thanks!

Addressing the subject of digging for diamonds...

Would you be interested to see if you could unearth a large diamond for yourself or someone you love?

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Some people get lucky in finding diamonds in this park!

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      Peggy Woods 13 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      Glad you liked this information as to the past volcano in Arkansas causing all of those diamonds to be formed. If we lived closer and I was younger it would have made for a fun outing trying to dig and find one. I agree.

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      Peg Cole 2 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Years ago I would love to have gone prospecting for diamonds in this field. It sounds like a fun adventure and an outing to remember. I had no idea there had been a volcano in Arkansas to cause these diamonds. Very interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Athlyn,

      Did you ever find a ruby at Ruby Rock? Good luck in finding a good diamond specimen if you ever decide to go digging for them in Crater of Diamonds State Park.

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      Athlyn Green 2 months ago from West Kootenays

      This looks so interesting!

      In a similar fashion, we had a spot called Ruby Rock and one could go and dig for rubies there.

      I would love to visit this park and see if I could find a good specimen.

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      Peggy Woods 4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Yes, the bed is extremely deep there and with earth movement the diamonds may continue to rise closer to the surface over time and be discovered by some lucky individuals. Glad you liked learning about the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I would love to try my luck even though it fails me most of the time. Nevertheless, it would be a great adventure looking for just one.

      Very interesting to learn the bed holding diamonds is as deep as 120 miles.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi norlawrence,

      Perhaps someday you will travel further east. If so at least you now know about this place in Arkansas where you can possibly unearth a diamond and get to keep it. :)

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      Norma Lawrence 15 months ago from California

      Nice share. Sounds like a fabulous place to visit. I never get that far east. Maybe some day.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      No serious excavating will be done in our garden beds as they are pretty much fully developed. Good warning for others however who are creating new garden beds.

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      Just keep in mind to check with Miss Utility if you are going to do some serious excavating :-)

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I seriously doubt that I will find dinosaur fossils in our backyard but will keep it in mind when digging in my garden beds. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      Yes, then again people have found valuable things in their own back yard. There might be dinosaur fossils in yours :-)

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Buying a lottery ticket and striking it rich or digging and finding a good sized diamond...the odds are against both. But people keep trying and some make out well. Luck of the draw...or in this case...good digging! Ha!

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      I would presume someone in London would have better odds getting a lottery ticket.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Glenis Rix,

      As to spending the money to come from the UK to dig for diamonds...the odds of finding a really big diamond are probably not in your favor. But if luck is on your side.......who knows! Bear Bryant was a famous football player and coach. You must have thought that I wrote Bryson instead. Appreciate your comment. :)

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      GlenR 15 months ago from UK

      Wow! It's astonishing that people can enter a State Park, dig for diamonds - and keep them! I wonder if the chance of finding one makes the cost of the flight from the UK worthwhile? Arkansas looks like a great place to visit. Is Bear Bryson related to Bill Bryson (one of my favourite writers) or is it a typo?

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      Yes...this gives playing in dirt a whole new meaning! Ha!

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      Playing in dirt is always fun! This was delightful!

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      I agree with you. It would make for a fun family outing....playing in the dirt with purpose! Ha! I am pleased that you liked the information about this Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dianna,

      I agree with you that Arkansas is definitely worth visiting and that it would be fun to unearth a diamond and get to keep it. Quite a souvenir! Would beat my norm of pictures and postcards as souvenirs. Ha!

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      Susie Lehto 16 months ago from Minnesota

      This is all news to me, Peggy. It would be a fun way to spend a day looking for some of those gemstones. Thank you for sharing this information and photos.

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      Dianna Mendez 16 months ago

      What fun it would be to find a diamond in the park. I have never been to Arkansas but it is a place worth visiting. I thought Johnny Cash was born in Kentucky, you have corrected my thoughts.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Yes...the fact that people get to keep any diamonds they find in this state park certainly makes it unique.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi emge,

      I don't know the actual numbers to be able to answer your question accurately. It must be that enough people find diamonds to encourage more to keep digging for them. Apparently there is almost an endless supply.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Perhaps someday you will get the chance to spend a bit of time in Arkansas. From what I got to see, I would heartily recommend it.

      Yes...it is blistering hot these days in Texas. Several more months to survive before it cools. Thanks for the shares.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      Yes...Arkansas is definitely an interesting state as well as beautiful. Appreciate your comment. Take care!

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Thanks for the shares. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      It seems an interesting park to visit. It is interesting they permit people to take these artifacts home with them.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Too bad it was so hot when you were there. Glad your family had fun!

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      Madan 16 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      It looks a awesome place, but I wonder how many really find diamonds!

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      Sounds interesting. I've been through Arkansas many times, but never stopped to look around. We used to have arrow heads all over the farm where I grew up in WI, but diamonds might be more fun to dig for. :) Sharing this with followers and pinned to my 'Travel' board.

      Hope you're staying cool down there. The humidity is horrible up here, though Thursday morning was a nice reprieve from the heat. Totally uncharacteristic for Texas this time of year and unexpected even by the weather forecasters. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      We had the same experience in Wisconsin with regard to finding arrowheads. Sending angels your way also. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      Yes...it is only the one field where the digging for diamonds is allowed. It certainly is a tourist attraction! :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Peggy, this is an awesome place, I heard about it but can't remember how or when.

      Arkansas is a beautiful state and full of interesting things and facts.

      My traveling days are over, to much going on here, not all fun but all necessary.

      Blessings my friend

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      Came back to shar this on HP and to G+ it. Great hub! Sounds like a great place to visit.

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      moonlake 16 months ago from America

      I have been to the crater of diamonds. I would have loved to dig but it was so hot the day we went I couldn't go in the field but the rest of the family did and enjoyed it.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      So glad that this was new information for you. Thanks for thinking of sharing it. :)

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      Patricia Scott 16 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy....yes, please...I would like to find a sparkling treasure....sounds like fun and excitement for a family too...

      When I was a young girl growing up in Virginia, it was not uncommon for us to unearth arrowheads in the acres of land that we tilled when readying the land for planting.

      Hoping all is good with you. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Sanjay,

      I would imagine every person's story is different. Most people probably find small diamonds there if they find any at all. The huge ones are probably found much less often.

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting article. It would definitely be a wonderful experience to find a diamond! I find it a bit sad that the ground in the park needs to be dug up in order to search for a diamond, but I was happy to read that the digging is only allowed in one field. The field must be a great tourist attraction!

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      This looks fun and is a place I've never heard of! Thanks for sharing it. I will G+ it when I get back to my PC.

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      Sanjay Sharma 16 months ago from Mandi (HP) India

      I had read about the place. But the present description is very interesting, though I would like to know about the people who had made fortune after visiting the place.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      Sorry that you can no longer enjoy such a trip with your brother. Both of my brothers are also gone. That reminded me of finding arrowheads in the countryside of Wisconsin where I grew up as a child. They were obviously passed along to others when we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. There were lots of Native Americans living in the Wisconsin area years ago and many of the names of towns originated from Indian names. Thanks for the share.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      Glad you liked the sound of what this area in Arkansas has to offer. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh if only my brother were alive I could get him to take me there to dig for diamond because of his love for arrowheads! What a fun place I would really like to add to my bucket list! This was really fun Peggy and so well done as always!

      Shared.

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      this sounds like a wonderful place for a vacation.. sight seeing and taking it all in.. relaxing and perhaps therapeutic.. yes

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I'm not surprised that you would have heard of this park via the show "Jeopardy." They touch on so many subjects! Glad you liked my description of the park. The videos are particularly informative.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristen,

      Hope you get to see the Crater of Diamonds State Park someday and dig up an extra large diamond. :) Our travels took us to primarily the western third of the state from south to north. It is so pretty!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This place keeps popping up on the show "Jeopardy" occasionally, so I know of it. LOL It sounds like fun to me, but my traveling days are coming to an end. Thanks for an up-close look at the park.

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peggy, this sounds like an awesome place to visit in Arkansas. I never been there before, but would love to explore it someday. Thanks for sharing this lens.