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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.

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 the Government Free Bathhouse with a ranger walking on the sidewalk in front.

The Public Health Service operated a venereal disease clinic in the Government Free Bathhouse (1922-1948) in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. It was one of the first facilities in the United States to use penicillin. In 1948, the clinic transferred to the nearby Camp Garraday Transient Camp.