Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs

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Hot Springs National Park is the only national park that protects a unique combination of lithology, geologic structure and water sources that produce the only non-volcanic geothermal springs of such a high quality (e.g., temperature, taste, color, and odor) in the United States. This national park, first designated as a reservation by Congress in 1832, is the only unit of the National Park Service mandated to give away its primary natural resource, the geothermal water, to the general public in both an unending and unaltered state. Bathhouse Row within the park contains the largest collection of early 20th century bathhouses in the country.
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  • Love Hot Springs! Especially during the racing season. Plenty to do here for the young or old. You can probably find something to do here year round.  more »
  • Not your typical national park, but sooo much history! Tour the Forsythe bath house! Drink beer at the brewery! Feel the warm springs! Definitely a bucket list item!  more »
  • There are so many things to keep you busy. Restaurants, local shops, sight-seeing. Not to mention the lakes and water activities.  more »
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  • Among the 59 sites designated National Parks to date, this one is so far my least favorite by a pretty good margin. That being said, the National Park Service does its job to present the place in a professional manner and as accurately/historically as possible. I suppose the major drawback to me is the scale and the primary function of the park. The scale of the park is small, the smallest among the National Parks. The primary basis of the park seems to be rooted in human history, not natural history or wilderness as in essentially all the other parks. Now, Hot Springs National Park isn't as much of an oddball as it might first appear. Other parks in the system certainly do include a human history component to them, but Hot Springs seems to have much more of its focus on the human history, which puts it squarely in the National Historic Site category in my opinion. Then again, it was designated a National Park many years ago, so that isn't likely going to change. The high points for your trip would certainly include the bath houses, which are certainly beautiful, but for the natural history lovers do not miss the Grand Promenade, where the hot springs flow from the hillsides. These springs produce some great scenes of steamy streams among a forested backdrop. The picnic area nearby the hot spring pools at the north end of Central Ave was a great place to cook up breakfast among the steamy springs (we had a backpacking cook set with us). The scenic drive up into some of the Ouachita Mountains was a nice time, with scenic views of Arkansas countryside. All in all, I can't rate it very low, since I love all the National Parks so far, and this was a great diversion on the way to the south west USA.
  • We really enjoyed our time in Hot Springs but going to the top of the mountain is just beautiful! You can see the city below and all of the mountains in the distance! The birds flying around is breathtaking. There are #s you can call that will give you information too. There is also a viewing tower at the top that you can go to and go up even higher for a better view but they do charge per person. I recommend grabbing a coffee or a snack and sitting up at the top on the north loop and taking in the nature!
  • This is a fun place. I came for the hot springs, and they are really nice. Stop by a bath house and take a dip in the rejuvenating waters. There are great trails if you like the outdoors. I was surprised at how fun the shopping was, there are some great shops in fantastic historic buildings. I skipped some of the touristy sites, the gangster museum, the wax museum, etc, but I heard good things. If your thinking about going here, you won't be disappointed.
  • We visited the Quawpaw bath house at Hot Springs. It was a relaxing experience and I definitely recommend it, and was worth the price. We went to lunch at the Superior Bathhouse Brewery. The Reuben sandwich was delicious and the service was excellent. I enjoyed a flight of some of their craft beers! So if you are looking for craft brews, it is a good place to try out!
  • Great history lesson, beautiful town, nice walk around Bathhouse Row. Only complaint is the lack of options for kids to be able to experience the hotsprings. Only allow ages 14 and up in most bath houses. One allows 10 and up. Would be awesome if there was a large pool for families to soak in. Otherwise, it's a great town to visit. The museum / visitor center was interesting and the kids had fun doing the Jr.Ranger program.
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