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Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs

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  • We stopped off here on our trip. This is a quite little town with fountains everywhere. Something to see nature at work. 
  • The visitor center in the Fordyce Bathhouse is a great place to start to learn all about the history of the area and the operations of the old bathhouses. The guided tour of the facilities is great fo...  more »
  • I've just started my tour of US national parks and so far this one has been the least exciting. I love the small town feel to the area around it but the hiking trails weren't that interesting. It's fr...  more »
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  • A very nice place starting at the bottom with the open air springs across from Arlington Hotel. Then you started climbing up on a variety of trails all the way to the top where they have a huge tower overlooking the entire valley. The walk is really nice and on top there is a gift shop and upon purchasing a $7 ticket you get to take the lift to the top and see the entire Hot Springs area. You walk down and go to lunch and the entire event can take an entire morning or couple of hours depending on your pace. We enjoyed the nature and funny how we where not tired after the entire affair. On the top they have nice picnic areas and of course you can also drive to the top as well (up to the summit and the tower). We decided to climb by foot and enjoy the beautiful forest and surroundings after a 10 years absence.
  • I absolutely love this town! Hot Springs is the only city built within a National Park. It has been protected by the Federal Government since 1832 when it was designated as a reservation by Congress. So, it has been protected 40 years longer than Yellowstone. Hot Springs became a National Park in 1921. Hot Springs has 47 hot springs that are protected. The city is surrounded by lakes and includes some that make for great recreational activities. There are many hiking opportunities to enjoy the beauty that is in abundance in the area. It is a treat to use one of the active bath houses to relax and enjoy the thermal water benefits. One of the bath houses on Downtown Bathhouse Row has an array of knowledge, tours and short film available to the public to learn more about the city's history. With the family activities and the down home atmosphere; You must put a visit to Hot Springs on your bucket list!
  • First off, calling this a national park is kind of a misnomer. When I think of national park, I think of hundreds of acres of unadulterated beauty, wildlife, and landscape. There is no actual hiking, wildlife, or nature here, it is 100% commercial. Having said that, Hot Springs National Park has a lot of really fascinating museums and things to see! The main stretch of town has lots of "bath houses" and spas where you can go and experience the hot springs water. You can rent sessions for as little as 30 minutes, or for even an entire day. I kind of thought the mineral water was a bit of a gimmick, but it did feel extremely relaxing and rejuvenating. Be prepared to want to take a nap afterwards!
  • If you love the national parks for their beauty, adventure, and amazing natural wonder, this is not the park for you. Extremely touristy with minimal redeeming qualities. Aside from the cool geological phenomenon that gave rise to so many hotels, spas, and bath houses there is very little of interest.
  • Nice town! The hike is very peaceful but the real reason to come here is the bath houses in the nearby town. There are many options available for bathhouses at different price ranges but a 1 hour bath in multiple tubs followed by a Swedish massage feels so good after a night of camping.