Diamond Mine Observes First Day Hikes on January 1, 2013


By Margi Jenks


If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise and get outdoors more often, then join Park Interpreters Margi and Waymon for our inaugural America’s State Parks First Day Hike. The rest of the park and the diamond search area are closed to observe New Years Day.  However, you can meet us at the River Trail trailhead in the campground at 2:00 PM and we will spend an hour walking the 1.2 mile trail.  If you generally don’t like hiking because of the usual rough trails, you will like the first half of the River Trail.  It is ADA compliant with a flat paved surface. Waymon and Margi will be pointing out interesting natural and historical features along the route.  Margi will continue on the unpaved part of the trail, while Waymon will return to the campground on the paved trail.  The park is presently adding exercise stations to the River Trail, so you will be able to try them out.  Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.


The First Day hikes began with a Milton, Massachusetts state park over 20 years ago. “Last year, we hosted over 14,000 people who hiked over 30,000 miles in our state parks across the country when we launched America’s State Parks First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day 2012 in all 50 states,” said Priscilla Geigis, President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “To start 2013, we’re inviting kids and adults to get their hearts pumping and experience the beauty of our state parks at one of over 400 hikes nationwide. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day!”


“Getting outdoors and connecting to the natural world is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit.” stated Phil McKnelly, NASPD’s Executive Director. “We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”


Forty Arkansas state parks have scheduled First Day Hikes. State Parks Director Greg Butts said “We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks”.  Only Florida and Tennessee will have more participating state parks.  Southwest Arkansas state parks that have scheduled First Day hikes include Daisy State Park, Cossatot State Park-Natural Area, White Oak Lake State Park, DeGray Lake State Park, Logoly State Park, Millwood State Park, and Queen Wilhemina State Park. To find out the schedule at these parks and the other parks in the state, visit the state park website, and click on the Events Calendar.


Search area last plowed:  December 4, 2012; Most recent significant rainstorms: December 9th and 14th, 0.5 inch each day


Total diamonds found in 2012: 518


Diamonds registered for December 10 – December 16, 2012 (100 points = 1 carat): 


December 9 to 12 – No diamonds were registered


December 12 – David Anderson, Murfreesboro, AR, 4 pt. white, 5 pt. brown, 13 pt. brown, 31 pt. white


December 13 – David Anderson, Murfreesboro, AR, 4 pt. white, 5 pt. white, 12 pt. brown


December 14 to 15 – No diamonds were registered
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