Located in central Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park is appropriately right beside the town of Hot Springs itself. Annexed by the United States Congress nearly two centuries ago for its soothing natural properties, the area became a national park 89 years later, in 1921. Its stature as the smallest national park, area-wise, in the U.S. does nothing to diminish its draw for the ailing and stressed, who come to steep in the thermal waters of "The American Spa.”
Visit the Bathhouse Row National Historic Landmark District to check out any of the eight on-site bathhouses, as well as the Grand Promenade. Find the park visitor center just inside the resplendent Fordyce Bathhouse.
There is no entrance fee for the park, but camping fees for Primitive Sites (no hookups) are $10 per night, and camping fees for Full Hookups Sites are $24 per night.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule,click here.
Near by POI
Garvan Woodland Gardens is 210 acres of botanical gardens, roughly six miles from Hot Springs National Park. Oachita National Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in America, and stretches across 1.8 million acres of lush wilderness.