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Finding Free Diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Crater of Diamonds State Park Sign

Crater of Diamonds State Park Sign

Digging for Diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds

Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person? Do you win when playing card games? Do you occasionally win when playing the lottery? If you knew that you could find your diamonds or other precious stones with a little bit of effort and luck, would you be interested?

Near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, there is a 37½-acre plowed field where, if fortune is smiling upon you, you can find glittering tokens of your love for that special someone. Established in 1972 is the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

"Finder's Keepers" is the rule of the day. It is the only place in the United States where diamonds and other minerals can be found and kept by the general public in a state park. The entire park consists of nine hundred and eleven acres and is a beautiful spot to visit whether lady luck is shining on you regarding the finding of gemstones or not.

Some gigantic diamonds have come from this site, including a 40.23-carat diamond! With perseverance and a tremendous amount of luck, perhaps the next Hope Diamond is waiting to be discovered!

Endless Supply of Diamonds!

This state park is in an area where an extinct volcano once existed.

Will it ever run out of diamonds? The answer is no. The bed that contains this treasure trove goes down to a depth of 120 miles! With the forces of erosion, things will forever be coming to the surface.

As of this date, tickets cost $11.50 for adults and $7.30 for children. There is a limit of no more than 1,500 people per day allowed on this site. Extra precautions are in place during COVID-19. Look at the website source at the bottom of this page for more information.

Take time to view the video below to learn more information about this site and why some people have moved to the area to do prospecting frequently.

Addressing the subject of digging for diamonds...

Angels are like diamonds. They can't be made, you have to find them. Each one is unique.

— Jaclyn Smith

Visiting Arkansas

According to the video below, the discovery of two diamonds a day happens in Crater of Diamonds State Park. Sadly we did not have the time to try our luck digging for diamonds as we had made reservations for lodging ahead of time and had to meet our schedule. But, if you have the time, I thought that I would pass along this information about the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Since Arkansas touches Texas on its southwest border, I will hopefully get to spend more time in that state, discovering more of its treasures. Arkansas is a beautiful state! My mother and I spent a vacation in parts of Arkansas for one year and came away with many happy memories.

The only national park in Arkansas, located in Hot Springs, was definitely on our list of places to see. Eureka Springs is worth a trip destination, as we discovered. Just outside of Eureka Springs was the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel. Those were only a few of the noteworthy sites we enjoyed while traveling by car that year.

Most people are aware that former President Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas. Many other famous people came from there as well. Here is a partial listing: Douglas MacArthur, Glen Campbell, John Grisham, Johnny Cash, Mary Steenburgen, Louis Jordan, Bear Bryant, Sonny Liston, Billy Bob Thornton, Al Green, Helen Gurley Brown, and many more!

If digging for diamonds does not interest visitors to Murfreesboro, searching for arrowheads might do the trick. There is an Indian village there where visitors can try their hand at doing just that. Nearby Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River offers numerous aquatic activities. If you have never visited Arkansas, you might wish to put it on your bucket list.

Some people get lucky in finding diamonds in this park!

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“True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”

— Nicole Richie


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2019:

Hi Dale,

I am happy to be able to introduce this state park to you. Hope you find a gigantic diamond. Afterward knowing how you like the water, you can get some nearby aquatic activity as well.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on May 15, 2019:

I LOVE this idea, Peggy! I have long been fascinated by the idea of exploring and discovery so this is right in my wheelhouse. It is definitely going on the places to visit list. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2019:

Hi Roberta,

Finding diamonds that you would be able to keep would be fun. The same thing could be said for pearls. Happy to know that you enjoyed learning about this state park in Arkansas.

RTalloni on March 29, 2019:

How fun! I'm a pearl girl myself but it would be a neat thing to try finding a diamond in this field. Thanks for highlighting this amazing place in this post.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

When my mother and I were vacationing in Arkansas many years ago, we had our time already planned so did not have the extra time to dig for diamonds in the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Like you, I think that it would make for an interesting day, or part of a day just for the experience.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 18, 2019:

I'd probably be one of those who doesn't find a diamond. Still, it's such an unusual and one-of-a-kind thing to do that I'd gladly visit and dig if I'm ever in Arkansas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2018:

Hi Doris,

Thanks for your comment and I am pleased to know that you enjoyed this article. So very sorry to hear about your accident and resulting pain. Digging for diamonds would probably not be the best activity for you now.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on September 22, 2018:

Peggy, very nice article about the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Although I've lived all but 8 years of my life in this state and still live here, I've never taken the opportunity to dig for diamonds. Now after being in a city bus rollover that has left me in pain, I may never be able to. Thanks for the trip via your beautiful photos and article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2017:

Hi Peg,

Glad you liked this information as to the past volcano in Arkansas causing all of those diamonds to be formed. If we lived closer and I was younger it would have made for a fun outing trying to dig and find one. I agree.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 08, 2017:

Years ago I would love to have gone prospecting for diamonds in this field. It sounds like a fun adventure and an outing to remember. I had no idea there had been a volcano in Arkansas to cause these diamonds. Very interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2017:

Hi Athlyn,

Did you ever find a ruby at Ruby Rock? Good luck in finding a good diamond specimen if you ever decide to go digging for them in Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on September 11, 2017:

This looks so interesting!

In a similar fashion, we had a spot called Ruby Rock and one could go and dig for rubies there.

I would love to visit this park and see if I could find a good specimen.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2017:

Hi Rajan,

Yes, the bed is extremely deep there and with earth movement the diamonds may continue to rise closer to the surface over time and be discovered by some lucky individuals. Glad you liked learning about the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 06, 2017:

I would love to try my luck even though it fails me most of the time. Nevertheless, it would be a great adventure looking for just one.

Very interesting to learn the bed holding diamonds is as deep as 120 miles.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2016:

Hi norlawrence,

Perhaps someday you will travel further east. If so at least you now know about this place in Arkansas where you can possibly unearth a diamond and get to keep it. :)

Norma Lawrence from California on August 28, 2016:

Nice share. Sounds like a fabulous place to visit. I never get that far east. Maybe some day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2016:

Hi Robert,

No serious excavating will be done in our garden beds as they are pretty much fully developed. Good warning for others however who are creating new garden beds.

Robert Sacchi on August 22, 2016:

Just keep in mind to check with Miss Utility if you are going to do some serious excavating :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2016:

Hi Robert,

I seriously doubt that I will find dinosaur fossils in our backyard but will keep it in mind when digging in my garden beds. :)

Robert Sacchi on August 21, 2016:

Yes, then again people have found valuable things in their own back yard. There might be dinosaur fossils in yours :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Buying a lottery ticket and striking it rich or digging and finding a good sized diamond...the odds are against both. But people keep trying and some make out well. Luck of the draw...or in this case...good digging! Ha!

Robert Sacchi on August 21, 2016:

I would presume someone in London would have better odds getting a lottery ticket.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2016:

Hi Glenis Rix,

As to spending the money to come from the UK to dig for diamonds...the odds of finding a really big diamond are probably not in your favor. But if luck is on your side.......who knows! Bear Bryant was a famous football player and coach. You must have thought that I wrote Bryson instead. Appreciate your comment. :)

Glen Rix from UK on August 21, 2016:

Wow! It's astonishing that people can enter a State Park, dig for diamonds - and keep them! I wonder if the chance of finding one makes the cost of the flight from the UK worthwhile? Arkansas looks like a great place to visit. Is Bear Bryson related to Bill Bryson (one of my favourite writers) or is it a typo?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 10, 2016:

Hi Audrey,

Yes...this gives playing in dirt a whole new meaning! Ha!

Audrey Howitt from California on August 09, 2016:

Playing in dirt is always fun! This was delightful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2016:

Hi Susie,

I agree with you. It would make for a fun family outing....playing in the dirt with purpose! Ha! I am pleased that you liked the information about this Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2016:

Hi Dianna,

I agree with you that Arkansas is definitely worth visiting and that it would be fun to unearth a diamond and get to keep it. Quite a souvenir! Would beat my norm of pictures and postcards as souvenirs. Ha!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on July 29, 2016:

This is all news to me, Peggy. It would be a fun way to spend a day looking for some of those gemstones. Thank you for sharing this information and photos.

Dianna Mendez on July 26, 2016:

What fun it would be to find a diamond in the park. I have never been to Arkansas but it is a place worth visiting. I thought Johnny Cash was born in Kentucky, you have corrected my thoughts.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Yes...the fact that people get to keep any diamonds they find in this state park certainly makes it unique.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2016:

Hi emge,

I don't know the actual numbers to be able to answer your question accurately. It must be that enough people find diamonds to encourage more to keep digging for them. Apparently there is almost an endless supply.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2016:

Hi Au fait,

Perhaps someday you will get the chance to spend a bit of time in Arkansas. From what I got to see, I would heartily recommend it. is blistering hot these days in Texas. Several more months to survive before it cools. Thanks for the shares.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2016:

Hi Shyron,

Yes...Arkansas is definitely an interesting state as well as beautiful. Appreciate your comment. Take care!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Thanks for the shares. :)

Robert Sacchi on July 20, 2016:

It seems an interesting park to visit. It is interesting they permit people to take these artifacts home with them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2016:

Hi moonlake,

Too bad it was so hot when you were there. Glad your family had fun!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 17, 2016:

It looks a awesome place, but I wonder how many really find diamonds!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 16, 2016:

Sounds interesting. I've been through Arkansas many times, but never stopped to look around. We used to have arrow heads all over the farm where I grew up in WI, but diamonds might be more fun to dig for. :) Sharing this with followers and pinned to my 'Travel' board.

Hope you're staying cool down there. The humidity is horrible up here, though Thursday morning was a nice reprieve from the heat. Totally uncharacteristic for Texas this time of year and unexpected even by the weather forecasters. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2016:

Hi Patricia,

We had the same experience in Wisconsin with regard to finding arrowheads. Sending angels your way also. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2016:

Hi Linda, is only the one field where the digging for diamonds is allowed. It certainly is a tourist attraction! :)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 16, 2016:

Peggy, this is an awesome place, I heard about it but can't remember how or when.

Arkansas is a beautiful state and full of interesting things and facts.

My traveling days are over, to much going on here, not all fun but all necessary.

Blessings my friend

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 15, 2016:

Came back to shar this on HP and to G+ it. Great hub! Sounds like a great place to visit.

moonlake from America on July 14, 2016:

I have been to the crater of diamonds. I would have loved to dig but it was so hot the day we went I couldn't go in the field but the rest of the family did and enjoyed it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

So glad that this was new information for you. Thanks for thinking of sharing it. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 14, 2016:

Hi Peggy....yes, please...I would like to find a sparkling treasure....sounds like fun and excitement for a family too...

When I was a young girl growing up in Virginia, it was not uncommon for us to unearth arrowheads in the acres of land that we tilled when readying the land for planting.

Hoping all is good with you. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2016:

Greetings Sanjay,

I would imagine every person's story is different. Most people probably find small diamonds there if they find any at all. The huge ones are probably found much less often.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 13, 2016:

This is an interesting article. It would definitely be a wonderful experience to find a diamond! I find it a bit sad that the ground in the park needs to be dug up in order to search for a diamond, but I was happy to read that the digging is only allowed in one field. The field must be a great tourist attraction!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 13, 2016:

This looks fun and is a place I've never heard of! Thanks for sharing it. I will G+ it when I get back to my PC.

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on July 13, 2016:

I had read about the place. But the present description is very interesting, though I would like to know about the people who had made fortune after visiting the place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2016:

Hi Jackie,

Sorry that you can no longer enjoy such a trip with your brother. Both of my brothers are also gone. That reminded me of finding arrowheads in the countryside of Wisconsin where I grew up as a child. They were obviously passed along to others when we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. There were lots of Native Americans living in the Wisconsin area years ago and many of the names of towns originated from Indian names. Thanks for the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2016:

Hi Frank,

Glad you liked the sound of what this area in Arkansas has to offer. :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 13, 2016:

Oh if only my brother were alive I could get him to take me there to dig for diamond because of his love for arrowheads! What a fun place I would really like to add to my bucket list! This was really fun Peggy and so well done as always!


Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 13, 2016:

this sounds like a wonderful place for a vacation.. sight seeing and taking it all in.. relaxing and perhaps therapeutic.. yes

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2016:

Hi Bill,

I'm not surprised that you would have heard of this park via the show "Jeopardy." They touch on so many subjects! Glad you liked my description of the park. The videos are particularly informative.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2016:

Hi Kristen,

Hope you get to see the Crater of Diamonds State Park someday and dig up an extra large diamond. :) Our travels took us to primarily the western third of the state from south to north. It is so pretty!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 13, 2016:

This place keeps popping up on the show "Jeopardy" occasionally, so I know of it. LOL It sounds like fun to me, but my traveling days are coming to an end. Thanks for an up-close look at the park.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 13, 2016:

Peggy, this sounds like an awesome place to visit in Arkansas. I never been there before, but would love to explore it someday. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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