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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Join Our Friends

Friends of Hot Springs National Park

The Friends group was organized in 1987 for the purpose of partnering with the National Park Service in the preservation of the historic bathhouses and the rehabilitation of the landscaped grounds.

A nonprofit organization, the Friends bring alive the spirit and pride found in Hot Springs for our National Park. Through individual and corporate donations and fund-raising activities, the Friends host special events and make acquisitions for the park.

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.