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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  • As national parks go, this one is tiny, but don't let that lead you to think it isn't worth a visit. It's a very interesting place.  more »
  • You could easily spend a day here or just an hour. The shops across from the visitor center are well worth the trip. They have a ton of fantastic minerals and fossils for sale at great prices.  more »
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas is a step back into time. The elaborate buildings are a reminder of a time when life was slower and, for a certain class of people, indulgent. The wealthy came in droves to be pa...  more »
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  • This is a really cool place to view some history about Hot Springs and to be able to touch and collect some of the spring water. This park features two museums and a visitor's center. There is also a small Park area where you can interact with the spring water and climb some stairs to get a higher view point of the town. The park is small but well maintained. If you like history you'll enjoy this place. Not much to offer for small children. Still worth stopping at if you visit Hot Springs. Check more about it on their website. This park also features camping, but it is not located in the same area as the museums so I cannot attest to those amenities.
  • A great place to bring your family. The predecessor to the National Park system was the Federal Reserve. Hot Springs was the First Federal Reserve. There is a great deal of history here. From the Native Americans, to the Spanish Conquistadors, Hot Springs has see it all. Billy the Kid to Al Capone, to Major League Baseball Camps being held right here.
  • Kind of underwhelming for a national park....especially if you're there for nature and trails. Half of the park is a town, which was pretty cool. The bath houses were neat and it was a very historic place! We knocked out all of the trails in less than three hours (although the trail was pretty, and had a great view at the top!)....the campground was alright, more suitable for RVs than tents, but was right by the creek so it made for a nice night. There are street lights that stay on all night, and the place was dead quiet by 830pm. Seemed very family oriented. There was an officer patrolling who stopped us for driving the wrong way through the campgrounds (whoops!!) who seemed a little stern but didn't bother us during our visit.
  • There is a lot of outdoor stuff to do. The hike was fun but be prepared with little kids for it to be a bit of a stretch for them. Bring lots of water. The views are wonderful and the trail is a great one. Lots of markers and easy to follow. There are also benches along the way to rest of one needs to.
  • I stopped off here on my way to Buffalo River, and I'm glad I did. My visit was limited to the visitor's center and observation tower. The drive up was a nice, slow switch-back. Longer vehicles should check first before trying to get up the hill. The views up top were awesome; they really give a perspective on just how hilly, green, and wide open the area can be.

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Where to stay in Hot Springs

Boasting 13 hotels on the National Register of Historic Places, Hot Springs features a number of accommodations that embrace the area's history and architecture. Set in the city's popular historic districts, these distinctive hotels have the added benefit of being within walking distance of many stores, restaurants, and bars. There's also plenty of choice for those who want to take full advantage of Hot Springs' natural surroundings. Hot Springs National Park and the Lake Hamilton area host a number of bed and breakfasts, cabins, campgrounds, and RV parks.
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