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.
Mountain Top Trail
A little longer than many park trails, Mountain Top Trail begins at Whittington Avenue as a steep, smooth-surfaced gravel path. At the intersection with the West Mountain Trail, continue to the right as the path begins to gradually rise. The remainder of the climb is smooth with novaculite rocks littering the trail near the peak.
At the intersection on the mountain peak, the Sunset Trail crosses to the right, and if you go right, it is a 13.5-mile trip.
The Mountain Top Trail continues across the Sunset Trail and makes a curvy, steep descent made difficult by many stone and concrete water bars. Watch your step. The trail meets West Mountain Trail again to your left. This area is thick with large pine trees; pine warblers can be seen here year-round. The Mountain Top Trail continues down the mountain, where it meets Prospect Avenue after another 100 yards.
Did You Know?
Hot Springs, Arkansas, was the premier baseball spring training site from the 1880s-1940s. The Chicago White Stockings, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and others came to soothe their aching muscles at the many bathhouses using Hot Springs National Park water.