• Front facade of Little Rock Central High School

    Little Rock Central High School

    National Historic Site Arkansas

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  • 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 enter the school only on guided tours.

  • Holiday Closings

    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.

Directions

Plane

Little Rock is serviced by the Little Rock National Airport. From the airport follow Interstate 440 west to Interstate 30 east toward downtown Little Rock. Exit onto Interstate 630 to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Turn left and proceed south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive approximately 4 blocks and turn right on Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Little Rock Central High School is located at the intersection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street. The visitor center is on the northeast corner of the intersection, across from the high school.

Car

From Interstate 40 Eastbound, take Interstate 430 South to Interstate 630 East. Exit and turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Travel approximately 4 blocks and turn right onto Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Little Rock Central High School is located at the intesection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street. The visitor center is located on the northeast corner, across the intersection from the high school.

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.

 
Area map of Little Rock showing best route to arrive as taking I-630 west from I-30.  Take the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive exit and travel south to Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.  The visitor center is located at the intersection of Daisy Bates and Park Street.

Did You Know?

Central High School under construction in 1927

When it was built in 1927, the American Institute of Architects named Central High School, "The Most Beautiful High School in America." Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site