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Other state parks to visit in the area:

Directions are from Crater of Diamonds State Park as the starting point.

  • Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
    The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area protects 11 miles of the Cossatot River, a National Wild and Scenic River. The river forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV rapids. Flow levels are dependent on rainfall and floatable river levels are usually limited to late-fall, winter and spring. No floater services are provided. Brushy Creek Recreation Area at the Highway 246 bridge offers day-use facilities including picnic sites, a nature trail, restrooms and river access. A walkway high above the river provides barrier-free access on the west side.

    Directions:
    To get to the Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area take Ark. Highway 301 from the park to Murfreesboro. Go behind the courthouse and take Arkansas Highway 27 north to Kirby. At the flashing light take a left (west) onto Highway 70. Past the town of Daisy take Arkansas Highway 369 north to Langley. At Langley take Ark. Highway 84 west to the town of Athens. At Athens take Arkansas Highway 246 to Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Brushy Creek Access. To get to the visitor center, at Athens stay on Highway 84 West to Umpire. At Umpire, take US 278 West, cross the Cossatot River (about nine miles from Umpire) and the visitor center is the first road to the left.
  • Millwood State Park
    A series of boat lanes meander through timber, marshes and oxbow cutoffs, making Millwood Lake a "tree-filled" fishing haven. Famous for lunker bass and bass tournaments, this 29,500-acre lake abounds in largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie. Spring and fall are great for crappie fishing. Summer is a great season to fish for catfish and bream. Millwood Lake is one of Arkansas's bird watching hotspots. It is popular for the variety of year-round resident species, bald eagles and waterfowl in winter, plus notable migrants are often found.

    Directions:
    Millwood State Park can be reached by taking Ark. Highway 301 from the park to Murfreesboro. Take Highway 27 south towards Nashville. Drive through Nashville to Mineral Springs. In Mineral Springs take Ark. Highway 355 South to Saratoga. In Saratoga take Ark. Highway 32 west to the park.
  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park
    On the 2,681-foot Rich Mountain in the Ouachita Mountains, the southernmost of Arkansas's two mountain ranges, is Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Travel the Talimena National Scenic Byway to this cloud-capped mountain getaway. The park is as rich in history as in panoramic scenery. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry named Queen Wilhelmina Inn in honor of the young Queen of the Netherlands was built on the mountain by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad as a resort retreat for passengers on the line. Two inns built by Arkansas State Parks have replaced the original "Castle in the Sky." The current state park lodge opened in 1975 and is currently undergoing a $9.6-million renovation. When it reopens on July 1, 2015, this 40-room lodge will feature a new look, larger windows in the public and guest rooms to frame the views from Arkansas's second highest mountain, an upgraded meeting room, and other enhancements. The lodge restaurant will serve Southern cuisine daily. The park's 41 campsites, trails, overlooks, and interpretive programs provide other opportunities for enjoying this mountain state park.

    Directions:
    Queen Wilhemina State Park may be reached by taking Arkansas Highway 301 from the Crater of Diamonds State Park to Murfreesboro. Pass the courthouse and take Arkansas Highway 27 north to Kirby. Drive through the flashing light in Kirby towards Glenwood on U.S. Highway 70/Arkansas Highway 27. In Glenwood, take Arkansas Highway 27/8 North to Norman. In Norman stay on Arkansas Highway 8 to Mena. In Mena take Arkansas Highway 88 West (Talimena National Scenic Byway) up Rich Mountain to the park.

  • Daisy State Park
    Lake Greeson, Ouachita Mountains and Daisy State Park make a winning combination. Greeson, 7,000 acres of clear water and mountain scenery, delights water enthusiasts. Black and white bass, stripers, crappie, catfish and bluegill account for the lake's popularity with anglers. The Little Missouri River joins four other popular float streams offering spring and early summer trout fishing. Daisy State Park is the perfect campsite for enjoying this area's recreational opportunities.

    Directions:
    To reach Daisy State Park take Arkansas Highway 301 to Murfreesboro. Go behind the courthouse and take Ark. Highway 27 north to Kirby. Turn left onto US Highway 70 west at the flashing light. The park is at Daisy right off US Highway 70.
  • Degray Lake Resort State Park
    DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas's water sports and golf resort. It lies on the north shore of DeGray Lake, a 13,800-acre fishing and water sports paradise. A 96-room lodge, camping, swimming, tennis, golf, hiking, bicycling, and guided horseback trail rides await you. DeGray's full-service marina offers tackle, dock space, fuel, and a wide variety of boat rentals.

    Directions
    DeGray Lake Resort State Park can be reached by driving Arkansas Highway 301 to Murfreesboro. Once in Murfreesboro, take Arkansas Highway 27 North to the Y-intersection with Arkansas Highway 26 East. Take Highway 26 to Arkadelphia. Once in Arkadelphia go North on I-30 towards Little Rock. Exit the interstate at exit #78 in Caddo Valley onto "Scenic 7," Arkansas Highway 7 north. Take Highway 7 north to the park.
  • Historic Washington State Park
    Washington is a unique, historic Arkansas community conserved and interpreted by Arkansas State Parks in conjunction with the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation. From its establishment in 1824, Washington was an important stop on the rugged Southwest Trail for pioneers traveling to Texas. James Bowie, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett traveled through Washington. James Black, a local blacksmith, is credited with creating the legendary Bowie Knife here. The state park, established in 1973, interprets Washington from 1824-1889 and includes historic home tours, museums, courthouses, cemeteries and the 1832 Williams' Tavern Restaurant.

    Directions:
    To reach Historic Washington State Park take Ark. Highway 301 to Murfreesboro. Take Ark. Highway 27 south towards Nashville. In Nashville take US Highway 278 toward Hope. The park is 18 miles from Nashville.
  • White Oak Lake State Park
    This park lies on the shore of White Oak Lake, 2,765 timber-filled acres for bass, crappie, catfish and bream fishing. Rich in wildlife, the park offers sightings of herons, egrets, ospreys and bald eagles. Facilities include: campsites, a store, marina with boat rentals, lanch ramp, barrier-free fishing pier, pavilion, picnic sites, trails, and a playground.

    Directions:
    To reach White Oak Lake State Park take Arkansas Highway 301 to Murfreesboro. Then take AR Highway 26 east to Delight. Then take Ark. Highway 19 southeast to Prescott. From Prescott, travel 20 miles east on Ark. Highway 24 to Bluff City, then take Ark. Highway 299 for 100 yards south. Then go 2 ½ miles southeast on Ark. Highway 387 to the park.

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