Hot Springs National Park is a unique combination of urban and natural landscapes. The park’s namesake, the hot springs, are only located in the downtown area called Bathhouse Row in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Built in early 1900’s, the Bath House Row was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. You can still take a traditional bath in several of the bathhouses.
While most famous for the hot springs, the national park offers many other activities. You can choose to hike the over 26 miles of trails or camp near Gulpha Creek. On your hikes you can view the oak/hickory forests and may even come across a cold natural spring. If you’d rather stay closer to town, you can stroll the historic district and enjoy drinking from the water fountains that are fed by the natural springs. Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, Hot Springs National Park will not disappoint.
Did You Know?
Although Hot Springs Reservation was initially created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832, the area was not designated a national park until March 4, 1921. Yellowstone, established in 1872, is the nation's first official national park.