The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:
Open: Main parking lot and picnic area, easy access to outdoor exhibits and self-guided trails from visitor center. Limited bathroom facilities in visitor center 7 days a week. The visitor center lobby and bookstore is open Wednesday through Sundays. Hornbek Homestead and Barksdale Picnic Area parking lots. All 14 miles of trails.
Closed: Visitor Center exhibits and theater, pit toilets near visitor center and at Hornbek Homestead and Barksdale Picnic area.
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. While recreating practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Last updated: November 6, 2020