Located on the world's eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater, Crater of Diamonds State Park has a 37.5-acre field for rock hounding. Fun for the whole family will be found searching for white, brown and yellow diamonds, amethyst, garnet, and other rocks and minerals. The park's Diamond Discovery Center staff instructs how to mine for and identify the various gems.
Lake Catherine, one of Arkansas's five Diamond Lakes, is the centerpiece of this gorgeous park. The park offers a variety of boats for rent including, kayaks and canoes, small and medium motorboats, as well as, large party barges. Alternatively, you can explore the 1,940-acre lake from the shore with ranger-guided hiking and horseback trips, or with a visit to the park's interpretive visitors center.
The Talimena National Scenic Byway winds through the east/west mountain ranges between Oklahoma and Arkansas. Along this route, you will find various historical markers, natural points of interest, and Queen Wilhelmina State Park.
Lake Fort Smith State Park is an excellent place for families to spend a day enjoying their numerous ranger-led interpretive programs. These programs are offered year-round and include kayaking tours, hikes, and outdoor workshops. Also, you can rent various watercraft, and enjoy fishing from the shore.