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Hot Springs National Park has a rich history and is best known for the 47 hot springs that can be found on Hot Springs Mountain. The temperature of the springs averages about 143° F, and the water is naturally potable due to a natural filtering process. Visitors can use these soothing thermal waters to heal and relax at the two operating bathhouses on the Row or enjoy a drink from the hot springs water fountains where many fill bottles to take home. Today, a thriving city has been built up around the hot springs. Together nicknamed "The American Spa," Hot Springs National Park today surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

To learn more about the park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center: Open daily 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
  • Bathhouse Row Emporium (gift shop and bookstore): Open daily 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.

Visiting Tips

Hot Springs National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for the park.

Camping & Lodging

The park operates one campground. Camping at Gulpha Gorge Campground costs $10 per night for primitive sites and $30 per night for sites with hookups. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis. More information on camping can be found at the park's website.

There are no lodging options within the park, but visitors can find many options for lodging in the nearby city. More information about lodging can be found at the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a free brochure to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

The park does not operate any restaurants. Instead, head into the town of Hot Springs for a taste of local fare. Choices range from delicious barbecue to fresh Italian-style pizza, with everything available in between.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Bohemia Part 2... Yelling from the kitchen & staff seemed upset we were there
Park avenue, Hot Springs AR — (517) 727-5283
DeLuca's Pizzeria Best pizza pie in Hot Springs. Well-worth the price. Owner hails from Brooklyn, NY as well. Authentic as you can get.
Colonial Pancake & Waffle House Not fun place with kids..thy kicked us out.
Rolando's Restaurante Never go to here. It sucks.
The Pancake Shop They don't take plastic so plan ahead!
Steinhaus Keller Does this place serve a good Wiener Schnitzel?
Colorado Grill Bronco burrito was the best thing ever. Don't have palaces this good where I'm from in Minnesota. Well worth it. And friendly staff.
Picante's Try the carne asada really good
Shipley Do-Nuts best place ever!!
Taco Mama First time eating here...the food was great!
Rocky's Corner There is no better pizza in hot springs ....
Cafe 1217 This is the best place in town to get quality fresh good food. Their tomato soup and sandwiches are fantastic!
Don Juan Authentic Mexican Queso is white, the best kind. We had enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and tamales. All were out of this world! You just can't go wrong here.
Wok Express Chicken and broccoli is awesome!
King Kone The most amazing female mullet spotted here!
Mr. Whiskers Shrimp Po Boy with Whisker sauce - it's the dish.
Burls Country Smokehouse This is a great place. Really like their sandwiches as well as the beef jerky and beef sticks. My son says it’s his favorite jerky you can buy.

Other Activities

Take in the waters in private baths at Buckstaff Baths or soak in public pools at the Quapaw Baths and Spa. While there are not "natural" hot springs in the park, these two attractions provide excellent places to take a dip in Hot Springs' namesake waters. Once done exploring the park, those looking for other activities in the area can check out the mountain biking and rock climbing at nearby Lake Ouachita.

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#1 Gulpha Gorge Trail
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#12 Floral Trail
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#16 Honeysuckle Trail
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