Jefferson Laboratories is home to the Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research and is co-located with the Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Arkansas Regional Laboratory. The campus is located in Jefferson, Arkansas, a quiet, rural community in south central Arkansas between Little Rock, the state capital, and the city of Pine Bluff. The Jefferson Laboratories campus sits on 496 acres in the midst of a beautiful pine forest.
Visitors to NCTR can fly into Little Rock National Airport, stay at one of the many lodging spots in the State's capitol, and drive to NCTR—a rural area about 40 minutes from Little Rock. There are no hotels in Jefferson, Arkansas. Visitors must check in at the parking lot security gate.
Driving Directions to NCTR
3900 NCTR Road
Jefferson, AR 72079
- Take I-530 South towards Pine Bluff.
- Take the Jefferson Exit (#24), turn left and follow the county road 1.2 miles to Jefferson.
- At the stop sign, turn left onto Highway 365.
- Drive north about .2 miles, turn right onto NCTR Road.
- Take NCTR Road 5.5 miles to the Jefferson Labs. Proceed to main parking lot. Be prepared to show your driver’s license or other photo ID there.
- Parking spaces for visitors are near the inner campus entrance gate.
- All visitors must register with the Security Office Bldg. 21 and be escorted on campus.
- Little Rock – Arkansas’ state capitol—where many of the Center's 600 employees live—is 35 miles north of NCTR. It has an estimated population of 184,000 within the city limits and over 580,000 in the four-county Greater Little Rock Metropolitan area. NCTR is an easy 40-minute commute from Little Rock on a four-lane, low-traffic interstate. Many NCTR employees make the daily commute either on an employee-sponsored bus that runs to and from the Center each day or in their own vehicles. Car pooling also is popular.
- Pine Bluff – A smaller community with a quiet atmosphere, Pine Bluff has an estimated population of 57,000 and is just 20 miles south of NCTR. Employees who live in Pine Bluff usually drive their own vehicles or carpool to work. There is no bus service to Pine Bluff.
- White Hall – Located in Jefferson County, White Hall is a few minutes’ drive from NCTR, about 35 minutes south of Little Rock, and 10 minutes north of Pine Bluff, just off Interstate 530. The current estimated population is 6,000. A major contributor to the growth of White Hall has been its proximity to six major employment centers: the Pine Bluff Arsenal, the National Center for Toxicological Research, Entergy's White Bluff Steam Generating Plant, and the Jefferson Industrial Park. The White Hall School District attracts many to this small city.
- Sheridan – Located 30 miles south of Little Rock in Grant County, Sheridan has approximately 3,872 residents and Grant County has over 16,000. The Sheridan School District serves most of Grant County and the eastern section of Saline County. Grant County residents are employed in the timber industry, retails sales, and manufacturing. Its proximity to Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and Benton affords residents additional employment opportunities.