As a reminder, during the federal shutdown, Arkansas State Parks, Regional Parks, City Parks, and other non-federal parks continue with business as usual. We encourage you to visit these public lands for now. If you must go to places like the Buffalo National River, please review and abide by Leave No Trace ethics during your visit. Here are 5 things that will help you have a minimal impact on this beautiful area. This is a great time to turn these tips into habits whenever you head to any parks or public land. If you’re unsure if you are visiting federal, state, or local public land, here is more information on Arkansas public land agencies.
While we’re bummed the government is shut down, we’re glad that many of our national parks and other public lands have remained open to the public. The trouble is, almost all park workers are furloughed, and facilities are locked. If you can’t wait for the shutdown to end before visiting, check out our five hacks for how to responsibly visit parks during the shutdown. (more)