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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  • The staff here is very friendly and eager to answer any questions the visitors may have. The place also has a video on the history of the place and shows how this place has evolved over the last few h...  more »
  • Our entire family enjoyed learning about the whole bathhouse experience as it was back in the early part of the 20th century.  more »
  • Hot Springs is a great place full of history. But the usual suspects live near spring st. so you do have to watch out. Also the north end of the historic dist. is full of them. Need to keep an eye out...  more »
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  • This place is awesome! Miles of hiking trails through mountains and forests right in the middle and within easy walking distance of historic downtown. Plenty of wonderful places to eat both local flare and national chains. Unique shopping opportunities from original art and pottery to curious and nicknaks. Do have to mention the hot springs baths that the city is named for? All only a few minutes from two large lakes one of which is the cleanest in the country. Big town opportunities with a small town feel.
  • We stayed in the campground for our stay at the National Park, and we were somewhat disappointed. The staff there made us put our tent on the cement slab, which I have never been asked to do at a campground previous to this experience. The campground is within walking distance of downtown if you don't mind hiking a little bit, and the Bathhouse Row is a unique feature. We took a tour of one of the bathhouses, but did not try out a bath package ourselves due to time constraints. It's a very touristy town, and the National Park is quite different from others you may have visited. It's the smallest of the National Parks, and most of the activities surrounding the park do cost money if you want to participate.
  • Was on my list. I understand the history and all of this place. But for me it is not a national park. It is more a national historic monument or something. The fact that it is the oldest park currently in the national park system is impressive. I always thought it was Yellowstone. If you are in the area you should definitely stop by but I would not recommend to go there especially for the national park. There are a few trails and a small scenic drive but it is short. The city is nice tho. I liked the visitor center and the three floors dedicated to the story of the bathhouse. It explains everything and you can see how it was back then in those bathhouses. It is also free.
  • Fantastic place to visit for people of all ages! The Park Rangers are wonderful. So much to explore and learn. You can even sample fresh spring water. Free parking is available. The local community is also a fun place to visit.
  • Nice park in the northern edge of town. It has Bathhouse Row, which includes the visitor's center and museum, a bookstore, and functional bathhouses. There's also plenty of hiking trails up the mountain, and an observation tower. This park caters to both nature lovers and history bluffs (and bathers, of course). You can also bring a container and fill it up with spring water from a few water kiosks around the park. We loved our visit to this park.

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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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