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.
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.
Guided Tours of Little Rock Central High School
Typically, ranger-led tours of Little Rock Central High School are scheduled on weekdays only at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. Tours will not be scheduled on federal holidays, Little Rock School District holidays or other dates of school closure.
This walking tour lasts at least
Please note: The school remains an operating high school and we must respect the needs of the students and faculty. Tour times may be altered or canceled during school testing or other events. Please do not bring food or drinks, cell phones, large purses, or backpacks into the school. Tours of the interior of the school are not available on weekends or during some holiday periods when the school is closed. Tour size is also limited to minimize disruption for the school. All groups should make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance; groups over 40 may be asked to break into smaller groups. Streetscape tours that remain on the exterior of the school building may be offered as an alternative for larger groups or groups whose visits cannot be arranged to coincide with the regular school tour schedule. For more information, please call 501-374-1957 or email us.
Ranger -led Bicycle Tours
Participants must bring their own bikes, helmets, water, and any other necessary gear. Riders under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Click here to download a map and list of stops for the Civil Rights in Little Rock tour.
Special thanks to Jeannie Moss and Elisha Ramer of Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas for providing safety training to our rangers. For more information about BACA, click here.
Did You Know?
In 1957 President Eisenhower sent soldiers into Arkansas to enforce the federal court's order to desegregate Central High - becoming the first president since Reconstruction to use federal troops to support African American civil rights. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site