• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Outdoor Activities

Bathhouse Row looking south with Hale Bathhouse and Maurice Bathhouse on left and southern magnolia trees on right.
Strolling
Bathhouse Row and the Grand Promenade, within the National Historic Landmark District, provide a picturesque place to stroll and enjoy the elegance of a bygone time.
 
Goat Rock Trail trailhead with trail in center and trail sign on right; trail is flanked by trees.

Goat Rock Trail is a beautiful walk any time of the year.

Hiking the Park Trails
The park has 26 miles of trails for you to explore. You can see wildflowers, rock formations and beautiful scenery. There are trails of varying length and difficulty, something for everyone. Please stay on the trails and avoid "short cuts." Here's more information.
 
Shady picnic area with concrete tables and grills on Hot Springs Mountain with accessible parking space in the foreground.

Hot Springs Mountain picnic area below the mountain tower

Picnicking
Most picnic areas at Gulpha Gorge, Hot Springs and West Mountains have tables and grills. The Grand Promenade is also a great place for a quiet meal. Please "stash your trash."

 
Blue dome tent in foreground with red pickup truck parked at campsite. In background you can see RV campers. All with trees surrounding.

Campsites at Gulpha Gorge.

Camping
Enjoy the outdoors at Gulpha Gorge Campground on quiet Gulpha Creek. Many sites have full hookups. There are no showers available, but there are modern rest rooms with flush toilets and running water. Several trails begin here. Read more about rates and facilities.

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.