Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center Closed
The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center is closed until Fall 2013 for a major maintenance project. A temporary park Visitor Center, along with the park store, are located in the Lamar Bathhouse at the south end of Bathhouse Row. Call for more information.
Hello, I'm Josie Fernandez and I'm the Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park. It is my distinct honor to be the superintendent of the oldest unit of the national park system. In 1832, the U.S. Congress set aside four square miles and created Hot Springs Reservation to protect and preserve the 47 "hot springs of the Washita." Since then, millions of people have come to central Arkansas to experience the thermal waters. They drink it, they bathe in it, and some people believe it has curative powers. So come and experience what we have to offer. Come and walk along Bathhouse Row. Hike the 26 miles worth of trails. Experience America at the turn of the century. Welcome, bienvenidos, Willkommen, bienvenu, benvenuti. Come and experience Hot Springs National Park. We'll be waiting for ya.
Did You Know?
On June 10, 1936, President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Hot Springs National Park and toured the Fordyce Bathhouse as part of the Arkansas centennial celebration. FDR used the baths at Warm Springs, Georgia, on a regular basis to relieve his polio. He never bathed in Hot Springs.