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    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.

  • 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program Cancelled

    Due to the 100th anniversary celebration for the Fordyce Bathhouse, there will be no Artist-in-Residence program at Hot Springs National Park for 2015. Check back later next year for announcements and application information for the 2016 AIR program.

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 bronze eagle on top of limestone

In 1892 U.S. Army Lt. Robert R. Stevens hired the noted Boston firm of Frederick Law Olmsted to create landscaping plans for Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. Stevens rejected the firm’s plans in 1893, but some features were adopted and still survive today.