Restricted Access to Central High School
All park visitors, including tour buses, must park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Street parking is reserved for Little Rock School District buses and parents. Visitors may only enter Central on guided tours.
The National Historic Site Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. The Visitor Center may close at 2:30 PM on the day before each of these federal holidays. The Visitor Center number is 501.374.1957.
From Interstate 40 westbound, take Interstate 30 West across the Arkansas River. Merge onto Interstate 630 West and exit onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Travel approximately four blocks and turn right onto Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. The park visitor center is located at the intersection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street.
From Interstate 30 Eastbound, take Interstate 430 north to Interstate 630 East toward downtown Little Rock. Exit and turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Proceed approximately four blocks and turn right onto Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. The visitor center is located at the intersection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street.
Did You Know?
Vice Principal Elizabeth Huckaby's memoir of the 1957 desegregation crisis was made into a television movie starring Joanne Woodward, titled Crisis at Central High. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site