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Only a few places in the world allow people to search for diamonds in their original source, and Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas is one of them. Crater of Diamonds State Park is just over an hour’s drive from Hot Springs and just over two hours northeast of Little Rock, making it an excellent base camp or stopover for RV campers exploring this scenic part of Arkansas.
The most noteworthy diamonds found at Crater of Diamonds State Park include the Uncle Sam, the largest diamond to ever be discovered in the United States at 40.23 carats, the Amarillo Starlight, the Star of Arkansas, and the Esperanza. Search for an RV in Pike County and head out to the state park RV campgrounds at Crater of Diamonds to unearth some precious gemstones of your own. Bring your own mining equipment or rent some tools from the park and enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
If you’re camping with an RV at Crater of Diamonds State Park, you certainly won’t be bored. In addition to digging for diamonds, the park offers a variety of outdoor activities. On hot days or after spending the morning mining for diamonds, cool off at the Diamond Springs Water Park. This mining themed water park is perfect for everyone in the family. Fun features include a large wading pool with animated water spouts, water slides, and a waterfall hideaway.
While you’re camping at Crater of Diamonds State Park, you’ll want to get an early start digging for diamonds on the 37-acre eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater. You’ll learn the three most common methods for searching for a diamond. Any diamonds you find are yours to keep, and the park staff will identify and register the diamonds found at the park. You can rent mining equipment at the Diamond Discovery Center, or you can bring your own, although no heavy, commercial equipment is allowed.
Once you’ve tired of searching for diamonds, fishing along the banks of the Little Missouri River is a peaceful way to end the day. Some of the best trout fishing can be found right below the Lake Greeson Dam on the Little Missouri River. An Arkansas fishing license is required and can be obtained at the visitors’ center. Don’t forget to pack your fishing gear in your RV rental before heading out to Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Spending a weekend camping at Crater of Diamonds State Park searching for priceless diamonds offers a fun experience for the whole family. The park’s campground accommodates RVs with 47 full-hookup sites, a dump station, and free Wi-Fi. There are two modern bathhouses with hot showers available within walking distance of most of the campsites.
Located just minutes from Crater of Diamonds State Park is the Castle Keepers RV Resort. This RV park is an ideal place for motorhome camping because it’s close to many activities, including fishing, hiking, golf, and boating. Each campsite has water and electric hookups, a picnic table, grill, and fire ring. A dump station is available as well as a septic site. Restrooms with open-air showers are available within walking distance of the campsites.
Daisy State Park, situated in the Ouachita Mountains in Kirby, is only a 30-minute drive from Crater of Diamonds State Park. Spend some time camping at Daisy State Park and drive down to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park. Daisy State Park’s campgrounds feature water and electric hookups, picnic areas, flush toilets, drinking water, and boat launches.
Arkansas is chock full of stunning natural sights, so why not spend a few weeks motorhome camping and exploring the different state and national parks in the area? Visit the famous bathhouses at Hot Springs National Park and enjoy a relaxing soak in one of more than 45 natural hot springs.
Alternatively, visit Murfreesboro, just minutes from Crater of Diamonds State Park, and participate in some retail therapy. You’ll find a wide array of local shops that cater to tourists. Browse for local art, diamonds, antiques, or souvenirs to take back home. If you’re more of a history buff than a shopaholic, pay a visit to Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, a 19th-century schoolhouse which now houses exhibits on local history. Local restaurants serving Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and fast food cuisine are also scattered around town.
If you’re planning a visit to Daisy State Park, spend some time at Lake Greeson boating, kayaking, fishing, or just enjoying the view. The lake was formed in 1950 when the Narrows Dam was completed. Lake Greeson draws avid anglers with its variety of bass, catfish, and bluegill. Visitors will even occasionally see a bald eagle soaring out over the lake searching for dinner.