In a world of not-so-normal because of the COVID-19 restrictions,  Arkansas State Parks recently received some welcome news. Beginning today, March 1, park visitors and museums across the state are permitted to go back to normal hours.

Arkansas State Parks has been working under reduced hours for over a year due to the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions set down by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison.

“Our goal over the past year has been to continue to provide high-quality services while keeping both our visitors and our staff safe,” said Arkansas Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst.

With spring and better weather on the way, fully opening our facilities while maintaining our safety protocols will best serve the public, according to their website Arkansas.com

Visitor centers will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park museums will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Many Arkansas State Parks, visitor centers, and facilities are well known for their exhibits that tell the history, geography, and foliage of the natural state. While offering camping supplies, snacks, souvenirs you can purchase in the park stores.

With warmer weather on the way, park officials are hoping visitors will enjoy all that Arkansas has to offer when it comes to hiking, swimming, camping, and fishing but reminds everyone it is still important to maintain social distancing and to always wear a mask in public areas of all indoor facilities.

It's already been reported that if there are fewer hospitalizations and remarkable COVID-19 recovery that the Governor will lift the mask mandate by March 31.

For more information about each park, visit ArkansasStateParks.com.

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