• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

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  • RFP for Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses

    Requests for Proposals for the Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses are being accepted from 7/7/14 to 1/30/15. Click on the "Management" link in the left column for more information.

  • Elevator closure

    Hot Springs National Park regrets to announce that the elevator in the Fordyce Visitor Center is closed for maintenance. The upper and lower levels are accessible only by stairways. The elevator will be placed back into service in about 4 to 6 weeks.

Oak Trail

color photo of Oak Trail trail sign, sign is made of dark brown metal with gold lettering

The Oak Trail can be accessed from Mountain Street, across from the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center. It begins as a steep, concrete ramp for the first 100 yards. You may walk around the yellow gate. Be especially careful of steel drainage grates as well as loose rocks and seedpods in this area. Climb the 7 stone steps to the left and walk 100 yards to the right for the Canyon Trail, or, to reach the West Mountain Trail, walk left at the top of the stairway.

The left path will continue for nearly one-half mile, crossing water drains and passing behind the historic Levi Hospital. Taking the right path. Soon you will notice an old roadbed that runs parallel to the Oak Trail. This was a section of the former Whippoorwill Street. The Oak Trail turns left, toward a stone retaining wall with a drain. Beside the wall, a concrete footbridge with a steel handrail leads to a large trailhead sign marked "Oak Trail." This is the intersection with Canyon Trail.

Choose another trail.

 
portion of infrared aerial photo of park with Oak Trail shown in dark red
 

Did You Know?

black and white photo of Rector's bathhouse, a small one story frame building near the edge of Hot Springs Creek

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.