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Our staff makes every effort to ensure that children, youth, and adults of all abilities are fully included in our recreation programs and all of our facilities.

For questions about accessible amenities or to let us know how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please contact the Visitor Center at (501) 620-6715.

Learn more about the National Park Service's dedication to Accessibility.

 

Park Brochure

The park brochure is available in a variety of formats including braille, audio description, and text-only.

 
The Fordyce Elevator with its historic steel grate exterior and mirrored interior.
Elevator in the Fordyce Bathhouse

NPS Photo/Katy Foster

Getting Around

The Fordyce Visitor Center, Gulpha Gorge Campground, other park buildings, and all park bathrooms have functional ramps and are accessible to all persons using a mobility device. Bathhouse Row has a maintained, paved four to five foot wide walkway that creates a circular loop around the block. There are no benches along Bathhouse Row, however, there are benches with backs once the Row loops back to become the Grand Promenade. Grand Promenade ramp access is available directly behind the Fordyce Bathhouse and on the northern end of the block adjacent to Fountain Street. There is no ramp access on the southern end of the block near Reserve Street.

Borrow a Wheelchair

For visitors who are temporarily disabled and need a wheelchair, the park has two available for loan free of charge for use in the Fordyce Bathhouse.

 
A 3D rendition of Bathhouse Row.
3D model of Bathhouse Row

NPS Photo/Katy Foster

Fordyce Visitor Center

Entrance

The entrance to the Fordyce Visitor Center is approximately a quarter of a mile from the nearest parking garage at 128 Exchange Street. Visitors will need to cross Central Ave., which can be heavily trafficked. There are multiple ramped crosswalks, one of which offers immediate crossing privileges directly in front of the parking garage and in front of the Buckstaff Bathhouse. Once across the street, visitors will need to make their way north for a tenth of a mile before arriving at the Visitor Center. The entrance door has an automatic opening function, the button is located on the left hand side of the set of double doors.

Elevator & Hallways

The Fordyce has an operational elevator which allows access to all floors. Hallways in the Fordyce can accommodate most wheelchair sizes with widths ranging from 31 to 38 inches.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located on the Basement floor of the Fordyce Visitor Center. There is a men's restroom with multiple stalls with manual doors, a women's restrooms with multiple stalls with manual doors and a changing table, and a single family restroom with a manual door.

Touchable Models of Bathhouse Row

The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum has a touchable model of Bathhouse Row near the theater on the first floor. There are also life-sized models of architectural features from some of the bathhouses.

Braille Available

At the Fordyce Visitor Center, there are self-guided tour books in braille that visitors are free to borrow. Ask a ranger at the desk for a copy.

Audio Descriptions

The Park's film is shown every 30 minutes on the first floor theater. Audio description is available, please ask for a receiver at the front desk.

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning is available on both the park's film and the short film, "Taking the Baths," shown on the 2nd floor.

ASL Availability

ASL interpreters are available for guided tours, please submit a request two weeks in advance.

 
Red brick paved trail with budding trees on either side.
The Grand Promenade

NPS Photo/Ashley Waymouth

Accessible Trails

Whittington Park Trail

The Whittington Trail is a 1.2 mile flat, unpaved gravel loop that goes around Whittington Park. Parking is available on Whittington Avenue. There are multiple benches with backs throughout Whittington Park. Water is available across the street, below the Maintenance Building, at the Whittington Spring Jug Station. There are no restrooms available at Whittington Park.

Distance (one way): 1.2mi (1.9km)
Elevation: 647-685ft (197-209m)
Typical Grade: 0.6%

The Grand Promenade

The Grand Promenade is a fully paved trail with ramp access off Fountain Street and another behind the Fordyce Bathhouse. There are multiple benches with backs and waysides along the Promenade. Water is not easily available on this trail. Restrooms are available on Bathhouse Row, between the Fordyce Visitor Center and the Quapaw Bathhouse.

Distance (one way): 0.5mi (0.8km)
Elevation: 619-717ft (188-218m)
Typical Grade: 3.7%

 
A service dog and its owner sit in a field of flowers overlooking a mountain vista.

NPS Photo/Judy Kesler

Service Animals

In October 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) issued a policy memorandum regarding the use of service animals by persons with disabilities in national parks. The revised policy aligns the NPS policy with the standards established by the Department of Justice and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Only dogs are classified as service animals, and they must perform a specific task that assists a person with a disability. Emotional support or comfort animals are not service animals.

Learn more about NPS & Service Animals.

 
Front of the pass depicting a large gray owl flying over a golden field with the accessibility logo in the lower right corner.

The Access Pass

The America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series includes the Access Pass: a free, lifetime admission and discount pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Access Passes are available online and at the Lamar Bathhouse/Bathhouse Row Emporium.

Last updated: June 2, 2021

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Mailing Address:

101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs , AR 71901

Phone:

(501) 620-6715

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