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Hot Springs National Park

101 Reserve St, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901 USA

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Open Now
Tue 12a-12a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“prehistoric Native American quarries!”

Established from Hot Springs Reservation, Hot Springs National Park is a United States National Park in central Arkansas adjacent to the city of Hot Springs. Hot Springs Reservation was initially created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832, and the area was made a national park on March 4, 1921. It is the smallest national park by area in the United States. Since Hot Springs National Park is the oldest federal reserve, it was the first to receive its own US quarter in April 2010 as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters series. The hot springs flow from the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain, part of the Ouachita Mountain range.

In the park, the hot springs have not been preserved in their unaltered state as natural surface phenomena. They have instead been managed to conserve the production of uncontaminated hot water for public use. The mountains within the park are also managed within this conservation philosophy in order to preserve the hydrological system that feeds the springs. People have used the hot spring water in therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism and other ailments.

While it was a reservation, the area developed into a well-known resort nicknamed The American Spa that attracted not only the wealthy but indigent health seekers from around the world as well. The park includes portions of downtown Hot Springs, making it one of the most easily visited national parks.

There are numerous hiking trails and camping areas. Bathing in spring water is available in approved facilities at extra cost. The entire Bathhouse Row area is a National Historic Landmark District that contains the grandest collection of bathhouses of its kind in North America, including many outstanding examples of Gilded Age architecture. The row's Fordyce Bathhouse serves as the park's visitor center; the Buckstaff and Quapaw are currently the only facilities still operating as bathhouses.

Other buildings of the row are currently in various states of interior restoration or are used in other capacities. The park has become increasingly popular in recent years, and recorded over 1.5 million visitors in 2003, as well as nearly 2.5 million non-recreational visitors.

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Reviewed by
kelly.richard.9

  • 2 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
April 22, 2014

Agree with comment above . The park is not your typical one it is on the town you can tour a bath house and see a few springs. Ok for adults my kids were boref

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ruthy.lavi

  • 3 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
June 11, 2015

Please note this National Park is basically a square in the middle of town, connected to a bunch of gardens on top of it. Totally worth the visit, but dont let your gps lead you to the wrong destination.
I was driving in circles till i gave up and went to town for a walk. Then, wallah! The sign shocked me in the moddle of the city.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
deweyz

  • 18 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
October 21, 2015
Rated 5.0

Follow the free parking sign to the lot. Come out, cross the street, and head left to the visitor center. We spent most of our time hiking, taking pictures of the various fountains, & visiting the tower & we thought it was great. Didn't actually visit the bath houses. ;-)

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shira.hecht

  • 6 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
December 9, 2014
Rated 4.0

Very charming!!! Definitely worth a visit. Gorgeous old houses, a place of luxury that has sort of gone to seed, which is sort of fascinating. Everyone who works there was lovely. We went for an hour on our way through Arkansas and it was so worth it

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
singnplay

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 3, 2017
Rated 4.0

First, park downtown to walk through the visitor's center. We learned a lot and saw some unusual things! Then, walk or drive a little farther to explore the "nature" part of the park. Make time for a spa treatment! We ended up loving it, but the area was congested/touristy, and navigating the area and the best way to explore the hot spring and park was confusing.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jeff Limer

  • 31 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
December 7, 2015

I loved my road trip to Hot Springs NP! I love the history of the park and how the town essentially built up around the park. Stayed at the historic Arlington hotel right across the street from the National Park and walking distance to Bathhouse Row. Wonderful for history buffs and National Park seekers.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
daze81324

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 14, 2017
Rated 4.0

Lovely place for a walk

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Reviewed by
LJD2017

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 8, 2017
Rated 4.0

Although closest to my home, I've never visited until last week. I must say I felt like I was in a time warp. Nothing screams modern on the main drag. The park is small but mighty. Since it's free; don't pass up this opportunity to check it out. We will revisit in the winter when we'll consider getting in the baths.

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Reviewed by
Codergrl40

  • 10 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 12, 2017
Rated 4.0

Absolutely charming area and a nice walk. The museum was interesting but in a historical way. Very pleasant and quaint but the area around it clearly made for tourists. Not in a bad though. A few blocks with restaurants, shops, and storefronts surround it. Fun but I don't think kids would like it much.

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Reviewed by
weaverr

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

Loved getting to see the bath houses and touching the springs on the edge of downtown!

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Hot Springs National Park

101 Reserve St
Hot Springs, Arkansas
71901 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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