National Park Service to Close Facilities as Part of Federal Government Shutdown

150px-US-NationalParkService-ShadedLogo.svgThe National Park Service of the U. S. Department of the Interior will close all of its facilities as part of a federal government shutdown.

In Arkansas that includes the Arkansas Post National Memorial; Hot Springs National Park ( the Visitor Center is being closed as well as Gulpha Gorge Campground) ; Fort Smith National Historic Site; President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope; Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site; the Pea Ridge National Military Park; and campsites along the Buffalo National River.

Nationwide, all 401 national parks and National Park Service facilities are being closed.

Also, Park Rangers will start making notification that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start closing all Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide as a result of the federal government shutdown.

Access to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is also being affected. Permanent exhibits there will be closed during the shutdown.

The temporary shutdown of some federal government facilities and programs does not affect Arkansas’s state parks, which are all state of Arkansas operations. All the state parks, and all state park facilities and activities, continue to operate under regular hours of operation.

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8 comments on “National Park Service to Close Facilities as Part of Federal Government Shutdown
  1. Tina Russell says:

    We have paid down for the fireside pavilion at Petit Jean State Park for Sat. Is this closed. We have a family reunion planned.

    • Zoie Clift says:

      Hi Tina–The Federal Shutdown does not affect state park facilities in Arkansas~

      • Benji says:

        I was at Brady Mountain State park and they were ordered to close their Gates as well as the other state parks along lake ouchita. From what I see around us, State parks are also closed.

        • Zoie Clift says:

          Hi Benji–Brady Mountain is not a state park. All state parks in Arkansas are open including Lake Ouachita State Park. Brady Mountain is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site and yes, at the moment Corps of Engineers sites have been affected by the current federal shutdown. Thanks– Zoie

  2. Jake S says:

    Is lake fort smith open?

  3. Brandon Ledbetter says:

    Does this have any effect on the ability to use undesignated sites for camping in the Ozark National Forest (say, along Shores Lake Road near the Mulberry River, or sites along the roads around White Rock Mountain)?

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