National Park Week

April 15-23 marks National Park Week and hundreds of programs are set to take place across the nation in celebration of the annual event.

Currently, there are over 400 parks within the National Park System, including national seashores, monuments, historical parks, and battlefields.

“Each one has a story to tell,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael F. Reynolds via a news release. “There are endless options during National Park Week to discover someplace or something out of the ordinary. Whether one seeks relaxation, exhilaration, or inspiration, there is something for everyone in a national park.”

In Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park will be in on the event with a range of programs including hikes, behind the scenes tours, environmental programs and more. 

Along with Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is home to other parks within the National Park System including the Buffalo National River, the first river in the country to land title as a national river. Events for National Park Week there include the 2nd-annual Concert in the Park which takes place April 22 near the launch area at Steel Creek.

Other national park sites in the state include the Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett; the Fort Smith National Historic Site; Little Rock Central High School; Pea Ridge National Military Park; and the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope.