Arkansas, The Natural State, is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders. Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, stands out as a unique geological "gem" for you to explore and enjoy. Here, you are invited to prospect in the park's diamond search area, a 37 1/2-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic pipe that 95 million years ago, brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today. Diamonds of all colors of the rainbow can be found here at Crater of Diamonds, but the three most common colors unearthed by park visitors are white, brown and yellow. Crater of Diamonds State Park is a rockhound's delight since, along with diamonds, more than 40 types of rocks and minerals can found here, too. These rocks and minerals include lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite. In 1906, John Huddleston, the local farmer who owned this property then, found the first diamonds near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and started the diamond mining rush. According to the history of Crater of Diamonds State Park, after a series of ill-fated diamond mining ventures, followed by tourist attractions, the diamond mine site became an Arkansas state park in 1972. Within the park boundary, many remnants of old mining ventures remain, including the Mine Shaft Building, the Guard House, mining plant foundations, old mining equipment and smaller artifacts. Nowhere else is North American diamond mining history as evident or as well preserved as here. Along with the diamond search area, the park has hundreds of acres of natural forest featuring a diversity of flora and fauna and offering visitors interesting things to do. Arkansas's natural and cultural diversity -- the geology, history, plants and animals -- makes Crater of Diamonds State Park a unique Arkansas attraction unlike any other in the world. You are invited to visit this one-of-a-kind attraction and experience the thrill of digging for diamonds in the rough. Our park staff will identify your finds for you. And unlike other diamond mines, our park has a policy of "finders keepers." Any diamonds, semi-precious stones, rocks or minerals you unearth are yours to keep, regardless of their value. To find more attractions near Crater of Diamonds State Park, please visit our attractions, lodging and dining page on the Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism website.
very beautiful trail, well kept, ideal for strollers and kids. very nice except for the MOSQUITOS! !! they totally ruined our hike! ! every time we wanted to stop and look at something, they would attack us. we made it half way and decided to put the little kids on our shoulders and powered walk the rest of the way
Laurah B. on Little Missouri River Trail
This is a pretty little trail near the Little Missouri River. Very easy hike, and kid friendly. Very close to the entrance of the Crater of Diamonds.
This has a pretty steep start, but what a view! Take your time and watch your footing. This trail leads to exceptional views of the river and of the mountains. It is paved part way, then a clearly marked trail continues through the forest along the river.
This trail begins and ends at the RV camping area of DIamond state park in Arkansas. Its great for an evening stroll after a day in the diamond fields or in other recreational activities available in the area. Very flat trail through the woods down to the river and back. Recommended to do when your at the park.
The trail is common; but, does have some nice rock formations. What makes the experience unique is the diamond field. Since you have to pay the entry fee to the diamond field to access the trail, you might as well enjoy a little diamond mining after you hike.