Arkansas plans parks celebration

January 2016 kicks off a year-long celebration of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and its centennial anniversary as natural areas, historic monuments and other sites across the country prepare to celebrate the occasion, which officially takes place August 25, 2016. For example, in Arkansas, home to eight NPS sites or trails, events and activities will occur all year to commemorate the centennial.


Each of the eight NPS sites or trails has a unique story to tell. They are: Arkansas Post, Buffalo National River, Fort Smith National Historic Site, Hot Springs National Park, Little Rock Central High School, Pea Ridge National Military Park, the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home and the Trail of Tears.

Many events across the state are already scheduled, with more to come as the year progresses.

Said Tracy Morales, Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism: “Arkansas is unlike many other states because we have the best of culture and natural landscapes. We have a Civil War battlefield, trails, rivers…we have a diversity of experience. And there’s no limit to what visitors can do: hike, bike, float, experience spa and medicinal benefits.”