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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Superintendent's Welcome

 

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?

Gulpha Creek in fall, below campground amphitheater, with bridge over Gorge Road in right background

The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.