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Old 03-18-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Our visit to Crater of Diamonds State Park

The Beader and I loaded up our kids - her two and my two - for a spring break trip to Crater of Diamond State Park near Murfreesboro, Ark.

The park facilities have undergone a major renovation in the last couple of years, including the RV park. It has about 45 spaces with room for even larger rigs. All of them are full hookups with 50 amp, water, sewer. Paved pads, picnic tables, fire rings and barbecues. There are VERY nice toilet and shower facilities and even coin laundry. Every thing is clean and new. The spaces are somewhat close together, but it is very wooded.

The Beader and I have taken Cat1 (the 64 Safari_ to a few places the last few months, but this was the first time we had all systems operational and everything worked flawlessly. I was a pleasure being able to plug in and use as many appliances as we wanted and also not worry about greywater (though we brought a blueboy just in case). We started out sleeping all six in the Safari - a 10 old, two 12 year olds, a 15 year old and two adults. It was definitely crowded at times and we were grateful for good weather. The remaining two nights, the Beader and I set up a tent outside and let the kids be in the AS. Much more comfortable for everyone.

About the diamond hunting - there were hundreds of people digging in the park the two days we were there. You should know that the park only averages 2 diamond finds a day - and those are usually small ones. Hunting for them is dirty and tedious and will likely be fruitless. Just a fair warning - that we only had a 500 mile round trip and I wouldn't have wanted to make diamond hunting the sole purpose of a longer trip. The kids got bored pretty quick, but were just as quick to enjoy hurling dirt clods at each other and plastic bottles. We were saved by having spent an afternoon at a nearby Quartz mine. We loaded up buckets of nice quartz. Otherwise the kids would have only had dirty clothes and shoes to take home. I'd recommend including this if you have kids. was a great trip. I'd recommend checking it out if you're thinking of visiting Arkansas or passing though. Definitely a top-notch and affordable RV stay.

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Old 03-18-2011, 08:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for the report, Jitney - I've always wanted to do something like that. There is a ruby mine in NC that I've heard about, probably as productive as your diamond mine.

There is just something exciting about finding something. For me, hitting the right teams in my bracket is the bomb.

Anyway, thanks for posting. Family camping is truly where we're at.


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Old 03-18-2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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Great post! It looks like you all had a great time! Kids in the AS and your in the tent? You might want to switch that around. . You will have to attend a Air Midwest rally! Keep having fun!
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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I've been wanting to do this trip for several years. I will be taking kids so thanks for the inside scoop!
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