Nice state park. Campsites are large and private. Bathhouse nice and clean. There is a water play area but we enjoyed searching for diamonds. They have a 40 acre area that is plowed every so often. Also they have water troughs for sifting for diamonds. They rent sifting boxes and other tools or you can bring your own.
Great campground with activities and hiking trails
This place would have gotten a full 5 stars, but there is a very unpredictable side to this campground. What is that you ask? Well, it isn’t large and that makes for some difficult reservations a times.
I had come through this area during a weekend and checked into a site well in advance only to discover that it was booked already. I had let a friend know about the site when they were traveling through and also the same results when looking almost a month in advance. But on a third attempt to book on a weekend it was as though all sites were nearly empty only a week out for the weekend ahead. So this site isn’t really consistent on being able to book in advance.
So what is the allure of this site in particular? THE DIAMOND MINE!! Yep, I said it, DIAMONDS!
For only a small fee you can go inside and hunt for your next big come up and even name your find, should you uncover one. And don’t think this is just some random tourist trap, because several diamonds are in fact found regularly there (most are not large). It is something the entire family can do together or you can do on your own.
But the mine, while the biggest attraction, is not alone. There is also a children’s waterpark area, hiking trails and many other fun things within a short drive back into town.
There are only about 5 primitive tent sites and around 40 RV or improved sites. So there it is the big kicker!
Now with that said, what does this campground look like that it would rate 5 stars if it wasn’t so stinking challenging to get into?
It is nice, the facilities are well maintained, the roads are smooth, the trees are abundant and it is a quiet despite the traffic that flows in daily for the mine. Each campsite is large enough to not feel piled on top of your neighbor and has the typical amenities of a picnic table and fire ring.
It seemed when I was there it had been updated fairly recently in several aspects and perhaps it was because it was busy season but it was very well maintained in the restroom facilities.
I have stayed at a number of state parks in Arkansas and I am overall very pleased on how they are spending that little extra tax dollar to allow everyone to truly enjoy “The Natural State.”
- Bring old clothes for digging. You will best enjoy the mining experience if you aren’t worried about what you are wearing so you can really get in there and get dirty.
- Try wet sifting instead of just dry sifting it will bring the experience at the mine to life.
- Check out the things to do in town as well. This campsite is close to the town of Murfreesboro which has so many strange little interesting things. While there you can check out all there is to offer just off the beaten path.
little hard to find at first our GPS took some very back back roads as in gravel. Once there it was great. We only stayed over night as we passed through. but would stay again very pretty place. Didnt find any Diamonds.
Very neat park to visit. Nice shaded/wooded sites are prone to fire bans during dry conditions. Diamond mining equopment is pricy to rent with deposit, but miney is refunded easily. Diamond mine has absolutely no shade, so hot weather mining is difficult. Nice bath houses.
awesome time looking for diamonds and great campground.
We camped and the park was beautiful. Went and dug for diamonds. Took our own buckets and shovel. But you can rent equipment from the park. They provide the sluice boxes. It was so much fun and kid friendly.
Crater is not one of my favorite state parks. The sites are tightly pack and not very private. The campground is small and a little run down. The main attraction of course is the hunt for diamonds in a large field but that's about it. There are no hiking options at this park. It was worth seeing one time but I doubt we will be back.
The sites were nice and spacious but it lacked a dedicated tent site that we could find. We used a site with water and electric hookups and the sites came with a table and fire ring. You are close to the diamond hunting area but other than that it lacked on hiking options. It was worth a weekend to check out but I doubt we would stay here again.
One of the nicer state parks we have been to. It is adjacent to the Crater of Diamonds, a large field where many gemstones can be found, including diamonds, all of which you are allowed to keep. Included with your campsite is admission to the nice water park. The sites are rustic but spacious allowing big rigs to also stay here.
We stayed here in a class C motor home.