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?
In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.