There's never a dull moment in the "Natural State." Within close proximity to the park one can find plenty of recreational and leisurely activities. From boating to hiking, crystal mining to camping, riding an ATV or a horse, relaxing in spa or visiting a museum, there's something for everyone.
Greater Hot Springs Area
From museums to amusment parks, there's plenty to do in and around Hot Springs. For more information, be sure to check out the City of Hot Springs Vacation Guide.
Arkansas National Park Sites
There are six other national park sites in Arkansas:
Arkansas State Parks
There are many state parks surrounding Hot Springs. Below are just a few of the ones that are closest. Be sure to click on the link above for a more thorough overview.
Distance from Hot Springs: 12.9 miles, 22 min. drive
This peaceful park is located on Lake Catherine, one of five lakes in the beautiful Ouachita Mountain region. The only full-service marina on the lake is here at the park and open in the summertime for bait, snacks/drinks, and fuel. Boat rentals are available year-round. The park also includes a launch ramp, pavilion, picnic sites, playgrounds, and a well-marked trail that leads to a waterfall. Learn more on their website.
Distance from Hot Springs: 14.8, 24 min drive
Arkansas’s largest lake, Lake Ouachita offers 40,000 acres of clear, clean water surrounded by the scenic Ouachita National Forest. Swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, kayaking, and fishing are enjoyed here. Bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass, and largemouth bass can be caught in open waters or quiet coves. Choose from a wide variety of day-use areas and overnight accommodations. Learn more on their website.
Distance from Hot Springs: 27.5 miles, 42 minutes
Distance from Hot Springs: 59.2 miles, 1 hour 7 minutes
Distance from Hot Springs: 58.9 miles, 1 hour 16 minutes
Distance from Hot Springs: 69.2 miles, 1 hour 24 minutes
Within close proximity to Hot Springs are two national forest locations. Ouchita National Forest is 20 minutes away, while the Ozark National Forest is a little further at 2 hours away. Each of them is strikingly beautiful with plenty of recreational opportunities. Be sure to read on and click the links to learn more about them.
Ouachita National Forest
The Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber and wood production, watershed protection and improvement, habitat for wildlife and fish species (including threatened and endangered ones), wilderness area management, minerals leasing, and outdoor recreation. Enjoy camping, hiking, biking, scenic driving, trail riding, water recreation, fishing, hunting, and more! Learn more about the Ouachita National Forest.
Ozark National Forest
The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark mountains of northern Arkansas. You'll find the tallest mountain in the State, Mount Magazine, and an incredible, living underground cave--Blanchard Springs Caverns. The forest is generously endowed with recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and opportunities for wildlife viewing also abound. Learn more about the Ozark National Forest.
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Last updated: August 22, 2022