Arkansas State Parks Trip Ideas Filter Park Crater of Diamonds Region Central North Central Lower Delta Upper Delta [X] Southwest [X] Northwest Park Activity Diamond Digging Mountain Biking Road Cycling Watchable Wildlife Backpacking Boating / Marinas Climbing Fishing Geocaching Hang Gliding Hiking Horseback Riding Kayaking / Canoeing Lake Tours Motorcycling River Running Snorkeling / Scuba Diving Swimming Trail Type Day Hikes Backpacking Barrier Free (ADA) Horseback Riding Kayaking/Water Trails Mountain Biking Wilderness Trail Difficulty Easy Moderate Strenuous Author Meg Matthews Monika Rued Grady Spann Kelly Farrell Maggie Howard Megan Ayres Moore Waymon Cox Date Published December 2021 November 2021 October 2021 September 2021 August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 [X] December 2018 November 2018 September 2018 May 2018 March 2018 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 July 2017 June 2017 [X] May 2017 February 2017 January 2017 [X] December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 [X] September 2016 August 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 Take a First Day Hike at the Crater of Diamonds State Park Dec 2018 ⁄ Waymon Cox Greetings from the Crater of Diamonds! This New Year’s Day, make a resolution for a healthier 2019 with a morning guided hike around the park’s Little Missouri River Trail, as part of the nationwide First Day Hikes initiative. Arkansas State Parks Celebrate Kids to Parks Day on May 20 May 2017 ⁄ Meg Matthews “Kids to Parks Day” is a nation-wide call for children to experience natural and heart-healthy activities at state parks. Teen Finds 7.44-Carat Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park May 2017 ⁄ Monika Rued An Arkansas teen found a 7.44-carat diamond at Crater of Diamond State Park after only searching for 30 minutes. It is the 7th-largest diamond found at the parks since 1972. What is a Park Interpreter? May 2017 ⁄ Kelly Farrell On top of being guides and stewards of the parks, Park Interpreters identify plants and wildlife. They are biologists, geologists, botanists, historians, educators, and recreation specialists. 1.73-Carat Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park Dec 2016 ⁄ Meg Matthews Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond mine in the world. If a visitor finds a diamond its their's to keep. Recently, two guests who go to Crater of Diamonds on a regular basis found the third-largest diamond at the park in 2016. The diamond is a 1.73-carat white gemstone. The new owners of this diamond say they haven't yet decided what they will do with... Green Friday is Time to #OptOutside Dec 2016 ⁄ Monika Rued Nov. 25 is Green Friday, an alternative to the crowds by choosing to #OptOutside and get outdoors. Arkansas State Parks has been offering Green Friday events for over seven years. Awaken Your Nocturnal Nature Sep 2016 ⁄ Megan Ayres Moore Many of your state parks offer evening programs that engage you with the world around you at night. Whether you're camping, hiking, stargazing, or or an owl prowl. Rocks, Roots and Whoop de Dos! Sep 2016 ⁄ Grady Spann Bicycle tourism has hit Arkansas like a tornado, getting everyone’s attention, as well as requiring a lot of attention. Wishes Come True at Crater of Diamonds State Park Sep 2016 ⁄ Meg Matthews A young Canadian pre-teen came to Crater of Diamonds thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation after a bad prognosis. But after spending time in the state park, he found a 15 pt diamond. Bird Nerds Part of Flock for Life Sep 2016 ⁄ Maggie Howard Birding is a weird and wonderful hobby to get into. You start out with an old beat up bird guide and a cheap pair of binoculars, figuring you would just give it a shot.