Crater Of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas
Ever since reading about Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas a year ago when a park guest found a 8.5 carat diamond, I’ve wanted to visit here. Can you imagine going diamond hunting one day and finding a huge uncut diamond that you get to keep!?! How cool is that?!
That is exactly what happens at Crater of Diamonds State Park. If you find it, you keep it! 457 diamonds were unearthed by visitors last year alone (source), granted only a few are considered significant.
If you don’t know how to find diamonds, that is okay here. I had no idea what I was doing so I watched the video about the wet and dry methods. Visitors can rent shovels, wagons, and other tools needed to sift through the dirt.
Once I learned the history of Crater of Diamonds State Park, I walked back to the plowed diamond field about 38 acres of land. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is 911 acres but this is the only section where you are allowed to dig.
Crater of Diamonds State park was so different than what I was expecting! I envisioned a normal park with hiking trails where hikers occasionally stumbled upon diamonds. I was so wrong!
Families and groups brought coolers, lawn chairs, tents, and their diamond mining tools of course. People were planning on using their $8 admission wisely and digging all-day in the 99 degree heat on this Saturday.
I read on a sign that Crater of Diamonds is the 7th largest diamond site in the world and the only one accessible to the public.
As I mentioned, it was 99 degrees so I walked around the dirt field with my eyes on the ground and scoped out the place but in the hot, hot sun I was melting. Smartly the people of Crater of Diamonds State Park opened a water recreation pool next to the diamond dig site. Brilliant! I’m sure it gets really busy in the heat of the day.
Diggers can camp here and there was one hiking trail that was really lame. I’m glad I made the trek to Pike County in Arkansas but I don’t think diamond digging is for me. On a crisp 70 degree day I could definitely hang out in a lawn chair and watch my friends and family have at it though.
If you decide to check out Crater of Diamonds State Park, it is a 2 hour drive from Little Rock off some smaller county roads in a dry county. Bring your own cocktails!
Reader question: Digging for diamond- fun Saturday activity? or you’d rather lounge in your sunchair?