Local Activities and Attractions
There’s an abundance of fun activities and attractions in the surrounding area that are sure to make your stay at Diamonds Old West Cabins an exciting and memorable experience. Southwest Arkansas has something for everyone throughout the entire year. Water sports at Lake Greeson, the Water Playground, or on the Little Missouri River are perfect ways to cool down in the summer heat. A fall or winter visit provides beautiful foliage and wildlife views with a chance to cozy up to a roaring fireplace. If relaxation is what you have in mind, our romantic 2-person Jacuzzi is a perfect way to unwind.
Here are some of the many activities and attractions to experience during your visit to Diamonds Old West Cabins & Murfreesboro, Arkansas. All things considered, you really need 3 or 4 days minimum in order to see and do it all.
Fishing, Floating, Flora, Fauna, Fun! Say that 10 x fast! The Little Missouri River has something for everyone. Starting south of the Big Fork Area and continuing to Lake Greeson, it descends over 1000 feet during the 29 mile trek. Arkansas State Parks website says it is an “interesting stream”. Very well understated! Swimming, hiking, photography, nature fanatic? Take your pick, this park is versatile. For more information check out the Arkansas Information pages here:
Crater of Diamonds State Park
The Crater of Diamonds State Park is a unique experience where everyone gets to keep what they find! The park has over 37 acres of plowed fields for hunting diamonds. It is the only active diamond mine in North America. The diamonds were exposed by an eroded ancient volcanic crater, which millions of years ago brought diamonds and other precious stones to the surface. The park still has remnants from many older mining adventures giving it an historic feel.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park has other fun to offer during the summer at the Diamond Springs Water Playground, located on the park grounds. You can relax in the cool waters of the 4,166-square-foot wading pool featuring spray geysers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades, water slides, and waterfall hideaways. The prices are very reasonable, and for those of you looking for a perfect location for birthday parties or other special occasions, the y offer an option to rent the area.
Other activities available at the park include eating at the restaurant, shopping at the gift shops, camping and picnic areas, and great views of the natural foliage. The park is open year round, but some of the park attractions are seasonal. You can find a detailed list of the park hours here.
Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village
The Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village offers an archaeological experience that the entire family is sure to enjoy. People regularly find arrowheads, gems, diamonds, and fossils at the Gem Stone Mine at Ka-Do-Ha Village….. and you get to keep what you find!
There is a museum at the village that showcases many of the archaeological discoveries from excavations done at the Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village. You’ll see pottery jars and water bottles, pipes, stone tools and projectile points left behind by the people who occupied this site for over a thousand years.
The Historic Indian Trading Post is a must stop part of the experience where you’ll find aisles of moccasins, bow and arrows, drums, dolls, etc. Historic and prehistoric Indian crafts can be purchased at the trading post and often there are repeat shoppers year after year enjoying new treasures. This is definitely a unique shopping experience you will enjoy on your vacation.
The Ka-Do-Ha Village is open year round. Summer hours are 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., and Winter hours are 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Entrance prices are very reasonable and include getting to hunt for gems and artifact.
With over 30 historic landmarks and structures from 1824 to 1900, Old Washington State Park is a treat for all ages. Tour buildings to see the classic architecture from many cultures right here in Arkansas. See the museums with an extensive collection of antiques. The kids will love the activities too — old-fashioned candle making! All the tour guides are dressed in period attire. History and fun all in one place.
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14 Zip Lines – miles of cable! They invite you to explore nature from their unique view. If that seems too passive for you, then test yourself on their rock wall! If that is too much for you then float the Little Missouri River.
Below Lake Greeson’s Narrows Dam is the Lower Little Missouri and the heart of fly fishing. The tailwater is full of trout and a number of Smallmouth, as well as Kentucky and Largemouth Bass, sunfish and bluegills and even some stripers and pickerel. But most everyone comes here for the trout fishing. During the winter and spring, fishing here is a beginner’s dream. Lots of easy fish, ready to hit almost anything you throw. If you want you and your kids to learn to Fly Fish, and catch fish, this is definitely the place to be.
Jeff Guerin is a local expert on fly fishing. He provides lessons and guides to anyone looking to learn about fly fishing and hit all the good fishing spots. There is also a wealth of knowledge on his website about fly fishing and fishing regular in the area. If you want a memorable fly fishing experience then Jeff is the man to see.
Even if you are not looking for an instructor or guide for fly fishing, there are many fishing areas available for all levels of fun. The Little Missouri river is just three minutes away from Diamonds Old West Cabins, along with plenty of fun water activities. You can find full details about regulations, permits, types of fish, locations, and information about fishing in Arkansas at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Lake Greeson has over 16,000 acres of land and water available for the public. Approximately 6800 acres of land around Lake Greeson are open to the public for hunting. Lake Greeson is close to 12 miles long with clear waters and steep, rocky ridges that form numerous islands and long peninsulas extending into the lake. Lake Greeson has great fishing for striped bass, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and small-mouth bass. Lake Greeson is also stocked with northern pike and walleye. The Little Missouri River, above and below Lake Greeson, is stocked with rainbow trout.
Arkansas is truly one state where natural wilderness areas have not been completely taken over by concrete and asphalt, allowing active outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy nature at its best. One way to experience “The Natural State” is by riding ATV’s.
There are trails at Daisy State Park on Lake Greeson. This 31 mile Bear Creek Motorcycle Trail begins at Daisy State Park and leads on to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands and travels along the eastern shoreline of the lake to Laurel Creek Recreation Area. ATV’s, mountain bikes, dirt bikes and hikers can utilize this multi-use trail that is open throughout the year. Trail maps are available at the Daisy State Park visitor center or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resource manager’s office for Lake Greeson at Murfreesboro.