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Interpretive Programs

Crater of Diamonds State Park interpreter

If you’re looking for things to do in Murfreesboro, Crater of Diamonds State Park interpreters present programs on a regular basis throughout the year. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, programs such as diamond mining demonstrations, rock hound hikes, and history walks may be offered during the day; evening programs may also be offered. Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the summer children's program series, "Crater Minors," which offers different fun, hands-on programs each week.

An instructional video demonstrating diamond mining methods is available throughout the year in the Diamond Discovery Center.

Advance arrangements for special programs for bus tours, schools, and other groups can be made with an interpreter.

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Mining

The park features a 37 1/2-acre field of diamond-bearing soil plowed approximately once a month when weather allows. Historic structures, old mining equipment, washing pavilions, and sun shelters are located on the field. Rock and mineral identification is provided at the Diamond Discovery Center.

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Camping

Forty-seven Class AAA campsites with water, electric and sewer hookups; five tent sites with water only; two modern bathhouses with hot showers; a laundromat; and dump station are located in the campground.

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Diamond Springs Water Park

Diamond Springs Water Park is the park's 14,700-square-foot aquatic playground featuring a 4,166-square-foot wading pool with spray geysers, sprayers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades, water slides, and water falls. A deck with pool furniture surrounds the pool. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this refreshing play pool.

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Wildlife Observation Blind

Wildlife observation blind

A gravel walkway leads visitors through a secluded woodland to this wildlife observation blind offering a perfect vantage point to view and photograph deer, turkey, squirrels, birds, and other wildlife in their natural setting. The parking lot just inside the park entrance is adjacent to this observation blind's walkway.

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Fishing

Bank fishing for largemouth bass, catfish and bream on the Little Missouri River is available. Best fishing times are late summer, as the water is unusually cool because it comes out from under Lake Greeson Dam. Access to the river is also available at Terrell Access. This is a public boat launching ramp across from the park. Directions are available at the visitor center. Trout fishing can be outstanding on the Little Missouri River below Lake Greeson Dam. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regularly stocks the river with trout from November through March, although you may fish for trout throughout the year. A fishing license is required. Licenses and trout stamps are available in Murfreesboro.

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Bait Shops

Country Mall Bait Shop, 870-285-2848, located three miles north of Murfreesboro on Ark. 19 going towards Lake Greeson.

Fishing licenses also available at Miner's C-Stop, 870-285-2719, (the Exxon convenience store) on Ark. 26.

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Trails

NOTE: The River Trail is a 1.2-mile wooded trail leading from the campground to the scenic Little Missouri River. A stretch of 0.6 miles of the trail is paved, making it the longest wheelchair-accessible trail in southwest Arkansas. The unpaved section of the trail can be walked easily.

The Prospector Trail (1.2 miles) offers visitors a first-hand view or the park's unique geological features. The rock outcroppings along the west side of the trail are uncommon for this geographical area. The trail is an easy walk.


Little Missouri River Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Click Here to learn more about this trail, view photos and maps.

Prospector Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Click Here to learn more about this trail, view photos and maps.

Wildlife Observation Blind Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Length: .2 mile
Click Here to learn more about this trail, view photos and maps.

Come enjoy all of the fun things to do in Murfreesboro and Crater of Diamonds State Park!

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Crater of Diamonds State Park
Crater of Diamonds State Park
209 State Park Road
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Email: craterofdiamonds@arkansas.com
Phone: (870) 285-3113