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Can You Dig It? Where To Find Quartz Crystals in Arkansas

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Where to find Quartz Crystals in ArkansasThe quality and availability of naturally occurring quartz crystals in Arkansas is rivaled only by Brazil. If you’re a fan of quartz crystals, a visit to Arkansas’ Ouchitas is most definitely in order.

Whether you love crystals or are just looking for something neat to bring home as a vacation memento, you should visit Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. The area is known for its abundant deposits of quartz crystal. And by “deposits” I mean that, in some areas, you could once simply scoop the crystals up off the ground like so many pebbles.

Of course, by now, most those easy to scoop-up crystals are … already scooped up. Today, one has to either rely on a rock shop for crystals in Arkansas – or go mine your own. But wait. Before you invest in a headlamp and pick axe, there’s something you should know about “mining” quartz crystals in Arkansas.

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Visit Lake Catherine State Park

April 27, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lake Catherine State ParkLake Catherine State Park, near Hot Springs, AR, is a popular destination for water-skiing, swimming, and especially fishing!

Created in 1924 by the construction of Remmel Dam, Arkansas’ first major hydroelectric facility, Lake Catherine sprang up in the wilderness of the Ouachita Mountains, filling eleven miles of narrow valleys between Hot Springs and Malvern. Though eleven miles long, Lake Catherine is a slender body of water, covering only 1,940 acres as it snakes through the valleys downstream from Lake Hamilton, a broad and deep version of Glaze Creek’s original course.

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