Parks and Recreation

Phase 1 Guidelines


May 5, 2020 – RV camping opened for all visitors.

May 15, 2020 – Lodges, cabins, rental RVs, and yurts opened for overnight guests. Reservations restricted to weekends only. Visitor centers, museums and exhibits, gift shops, golf pro shops, marinas, and equipment rentals, opened as well.

May 22, 2020 – Crater of Diamonds search field opened.

June 1, 2020 – Tent camping opened at all state parks. Lodges, cabins, yurts, and rental RVs previously restricted to weekend only rentals are opened for weekday reservations, with a 24-hour-booking buffer to ensure proper cleaning and guest safety.

For a breakdown of what is open, limited, or closed, please go to the Arkansas State Parks website.

Quarantine requirement for travelers to Arkansas and those returning to Arkansas:

A 14-day self-quarantine is required for travelers entering Arkansas who have visited an international location or New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans in the previous 14 days. In the interest of the public health, these travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days, starting from the date they departed that location. They are instructed to notify the Arkansas Department of Health of their entry or return to Arkansas by calling the ADH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-800-803-7847 or by emailing their contact information to


May 15, 2020 – Buffalo National River resumed day use only access for private and commercial floating on the Buffalo River, including all river access points. All trails within park boundaries, except for the Lost Valley Trail, were opened.

May 22, 2020 – Lost Valley Trails opened.

May 29, 2020 – Buffalo National River opened access to overnight stays, including campgrounds and backcountry camping, RV dump stations, group campsites, and pavilions. Hot Springs National Park opened access to the Gulpha Gorge Campground and public restrooms on Bathhouse Row.

June 1, 2020 – Buffalo National River opened cabins at Buffalo Point.

June 8, 2020 – President William Jefferson Clinton National Historic Site visitor center opened from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The President Clinton Birthdplace remains closed.

June 15, 2020 – Little Rock Central High School NHS will began Phase I access to the National Historic Site Visitor Center with limited services.

June 22, 2020 – Little Rock Central High National Historic Site began Phase II which added streetscape tours by reservation only.


May 20, 2020 – Little Rock District and Vicksburg District opened select campgrounds.

May 29, 2020 – Little Rock District opened additional campgrounds and day use recreational areas.

June 1, 2020 – Vicksburg District opened additional campgrounds and other recreation areas within the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Field Office. These areas include Old Lock and Dam 8, H. K. Thatcher Lock and Dam, and Felsenthal Lock and Dam areas, all on the Ouachita River.


May 15, 2020 – Ouachita National Forest opened the Wolf Pen Gap Off-Highway Vehicle Trail complex, located near Mena.

May 22, 2020 – The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests opened Whitaker Point Trail and Glory Hole Trail for public hiking.

May 26, 2020 – Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest opened select day use areas on the forests. Open day use areas on the forests can be found on the websites of the Ouachita National Forest at or the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests at

June 4, 2020 – The Cove Lake Recreation Area (Logan County) opened for camping. Cabins are limited to weekend rentals only.

June 7, 2020 – White Rock Mountain day-use area and cabins opned. The campground is scheduled to open June 15.

June 22, 2020

  • Ozark-St. Francis National Forest reopen the Rotary Ann Area on Highway 7.
  • Ouachita National Forest reopened the restroom at Rich Mountain Tower.
  • Ouachita National Forest reopened the East End Visitor Center restrooms along the Talimena Scenic Drive.

Julu 2, 2020 – A number of camping and day use recreation areas are now open in the Ozark National Forest. Please visit the above resources for a complete list.


The following measures are required:

  • The number of people allowed in the facility is restricted to up to 50 percent of the approved bather load or capacity.
  • Restrict pool access to fewer entrances as needed to control access and overcrowding.
  • Maintain a log of persons entering the facility when possible for use in contact tracing should an outbreak occur.
  • Screen employees for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of taste or smell upon arrival for each shift and exclude them from work if they are ill.
  • Place signage regarding the COVID-19 symptoms and exclusions at all entrances. These signs should inform patrons and staff that those who have any of the following characteristics should NOT be allowed to enter:
    • Have had a fever of 100.4°F or greater in the last two days
    • Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of taste or smell
    • Had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
  • Place signage at all entrances advising the public that they may wish to refrain from entering if:
    • They are 65 years of age or older.
    • They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity.
  • Physical distancing of six feet should be maintained between people in all pool areas. However, family members may sit and enter the pool together.
  • Physical distancing must be enforced at slides, diving boards and other features that require waiting in line. Place markings on surface to maintain a six-foot distance and monitor for compliance.
  • The pool’s responsible party is required to maintain the safety of bathers by enforcing physical distancing of six feet.
  • Tables, chairs, water fountains and other high-touch surfaces should be disinfected frequently.
  • Adjust poolside tables or chairs so that seats are a minimum of six feet from seats at adjacent tables. Household groups may sit closer together than six feet at tables.
  • Maintain pool chemistry at the required levels. Test and document pH, free chlorine before opening and mid-afternoon to ensure proper residuals.
  • Snack bars are permitted, but no self-service condiments or similar items are allowed.

Pools and other water-related facilities which require lifeguards can begin immediately to open for lifeguard training purposes only, once approved by the health department.

This directive does not cover social events held at poolside. Such events are covered under the directives for large indoor or outdoor venues.