About Us

Board Camp Campground LLC and Board Camp Crystal Mine is currently a DAY USE CAMP, with an actual NATIVE, VIRTUALLY UNTAPPED CRYSTAL MINE and PUBLIC DIG SITE, located in Polk County, Arkansas in the middle of the pristine Ouachita (Pronounced "wash-it-taw") Mountains and Ouachita National Forest. The surface mine (not underground), is located on a forested gentle slope, so rock-hounds can DIG IN THE SHADE! The mine was discovered in 2008 and certified by the federal and state governments to be opened to the public in 2012. The surface is literally scattered with sparkly quartz crystals of various size and shapes! Everyone can find crystals to take home with them!

We are located about 10 miles East of Mena, Arkansas, and we are a 45 minute drive (36 miles) from Mt. Ida, Arkansas, the ‘crystal capital of the world’! When you spend your time in this area of the state, you will be able to visit all the surrounding mines and enjoy the variations each mine has to offer! You can spend the WHOLE DAY here at BOARD CAMP CAMPGROUND and CRYSTAL MINE enjoying yourself in a variety of ways!

The PUBLIC DIG SITE at the CRYSTAL MINE is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm (or dusk) for CRYSTAL DIGGING and is EASILY ACCESSIBLE to all persons of various ages and abilities. You can DRIVE right up to the public dig site on a good dirt road, which has handled motor homes and school buses! The mine can accommodate various mobility devices such as wheel-chairs and hover-rounds! CAMPING, PICNICKING, HIKING, NATURE-VIEWING and PARK AND RIDE for your ATV trailers are just some of the other things you can do at the Day Camp!

We are located only 3 miles from the WOLF PEN GAP TRAILS, easily accessible from here on all dirt and gravel, back roads on your ATV! Park your trucks and trailers here, for $10 per day each, and take off!

We are also only 3 miles from the OUACHITA RIVER FISHING ACCESS! While some members of your party dig for crystals, or go ATV-ing, others can go fishing and swimming, or just pitch a tent or hang a hammock in the shade of the forest, and RELAX for the day!

There is a public RESTROOM, which is accessible to persons with various or limited abilities.

SPEND THE DAY with us, and afterwards, check out the quaint and friendly small towns of MENA to the West, MT. IDA to the East, WALDRON to the North, and HATFIELD to the South, where you will find home-style Southern DINING at its best, comfortable LODGING, and unique gift, antique, rock shops and second hand SHOPPING galore! There is ALWAYS something FUN, ENJOYABLE and RELAXING to do here in the beautiful OUACHITA MOUNTAINS of Western Arkansas! And we southern folks are known for our friendliness! Please visit our FRIENDS LINK on the Main Menu for more choices.

We believe in GOD'S WORD, the HOLY BIBLE, and were delighted to find scriptural references to CRYSTAL!
Rev 21:10-11 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God, Having the Glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal… Rev 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.