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Fall leaves lie across the commemorative garden's inscribed poem.
Fall leaves lie across the commemorative garden's inscribed poem.

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Is Little Rock Central High School NHS open during the pandemic?

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (NHS) has reopened the site's visitor center and resumed onsite park programming as of Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Visitors can expect:

  • Free admission - open Tuesday through Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT/CST) with limited services. The visitor center is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Visitor access to park bookstore.
  • No more than 50 visitors will be allowed inside the visitor center/exhibits at any time. A wait list for entry will be implemented on days with high visitation; in this scenario, visitors may be limited in their time inside the visitor center. The last permitted entry to the visitor center each day may be 30 minutes before scheduled closing times.
  • Weekday and weekend ranger-led programs of no more than 25 visitors will not include access inside Little Rock Central High School. All ranger-led programs will be given only at 1:00 p.m. CDT/CST by confirmed reservation only and must be reserved at a minimum of 48 hours (two days) in advance. Groups wanting to bring more than 25 visitors must contact the park in advance to see if an accommodation can be made. For more information on scheduling a ranger-led program, visit our reservations page.
  • Outdoor spaces at Little Rock Central High School NHS remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance including the Commemorative Garden and the Elizabeth Eckford Commemorative Bench. Central High is a functioning high school and unauthorized access is not permitted.

What safety measures are in place?
The NHS has modified operations for programs and visitor services to keep visitation numbers within safe and recommended guidelines. We have also installed markers to prompt social distancing, added clear protective shields at the information desk and prepared staff to comply with public health guidelines. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly by following CDC guidance.

What should I see at the NHS?
Begin your visit at the
Visitor Center at 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Park rangers can provide you with suggestions depending on your interests and the length of your stay. For more information about sites, see Places to Go.

Does the NHS have an admission charge?
Admission to Little Rock Central High School NHS is free.

Does the NHS give ranger-led programs?
Yes; we offer ranger-led programs with an advanced reservation. There is no access inside Central High School currently due to COVID-19.

Ranger-led programs are only offered on 1:00 PM CST/CDT; no programs with access inside Central High School are available. Ranger-led programs must be scheduled at least 48 hours (2 days) in advance and fill up quickly. Currently, ranger-led programs may only allow for a maximum of 25 total participants and are a guided, walking interpretive activity that will share the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and the civil rights movement.

For more information and instructions on how to participate, visit our
reservations page.

Where can I park my car, school bus or RV?
Free parking and accessible spaces are available at the NHS visitor center. Bus/RV spaces measure 14 feet wide x 40 feet long.

Are the NHS buildings accessible?
The visitor center, the front area of the Magnolia Mobil Gas Station, the Commemorative Garden, the front grounds of Little Rock Central High School (main entrance is not accessible) and the Elizabeth Eckford Bus Bench are accessible. At the visitor center, guests may borrow a wheelchair for use in the park. Assistive listening devices with amplification and audio description are available for NHS films. Check the
accessibility section for more information on NHS services.

What do you recommend for families visiting with children?
The NHS offers a free
Junior Ranger program at the visitor center.

What food services are available at the NHS?
No food services are available, but the NHS is located within driving distance of several dining options. Visitors may also choose to bring a bagged lunch and eat on one of the benches in the NHS.

Is photography permitted in the NHS?
Photography, including flash and video, is permitted in the visitor center and outside spaces. Commercial photography requires a permit; contact the NHS for more information.

Is the NHS pet friendly?
Pets are permitted on NHS grounds provided they are leashed; please remember to always pick up after your pet. Individuals in possession of a pet must have on their person a bag or device for the containerization and removal of pet excrement. Outside trash recepticles are provided throughout the NHS. Pets are not permitted in any NHS buildings; service animals are welcome in all NHS buildings that are open to the public.

Is the NHS stroller friendly?
Strollers are permitted in NHS buildings.

Last updated: February 21, 2023

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Little Rock Central High School NHS
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202-5212



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