Arkansas's National Parks

Explore the Park Sites of the Natural State


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The Natural State does some heavy lifting for the National Park Service. Arkansas features seven national park sites, and hosts more than three million park visitors each year. Arkansas is home to the very first Federal Reserve ­– now Hot Springs National Park – and the site of the 1957 Little Rock Integration Crisis at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

The Natural State also hosts the Buffalo National River – known to most as "America's First National River." Designated in 1972, the Buffalo National River flows through 135 miles of northern Arkansas' beautiful Ozark Mountains.

Down in Hope, the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site preserves the homestead of 42nd President Bill Clinton from his birth to early childhood. Take a tour of this historic home, and enjoy exhibits on the Clinton presidency.

Arkansas has more than enough stops for you military history buffs. Check out the Pea Ridge National Military Park to see the site of the 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge, or check out the original capital of the Arkansas Territory at the Arkansas Post National Memorial. You can also travel the Trail of Tears, leading to the Fort Smith National Historic Site.