Outdoor Activities

Thermal pool with green algae

Experience the Water

Learn about the various ways that you can experience the thermal springs in the Park.

From West Mountain, looking over rolling hills, fall colors, and downtown Hot Springs.

Scenic Drives & Overlooks

Take a drive up West and North Mountains for some scenic views of the Park.

A man biking up the steep road to Hot Springs Mountain

Biking in the Park

Learn about the opportunities and rules for biking in the Park!

Cedar waxwing sits on a barren branch.

Birding

Birding in the Park is a popular activity year-round. Learn more about the birds in the Park and our annual bird count.

 
Some folks and a dog strolling the Grand Promenade
A Summer Stroll on the Grand Promenade

NPS Photo/Mitch Smith

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.

 
Hiking information and trail maps

Hiking

With 26 miles of hiking trails in the Park, you can find great views, beautiful forest scenery, and feel like you're not in the City.

Two people hiking up a trail alongside textured geologic formations.

Directions to Trails & Popular Places

Walk or drive to the Park's most popular places and hiking trails.

 
Picnicking area on top of Hot Springs Mountain
Hot Springs Mountain picnic area below the mountain tower

NPS Photo/Mitch Smith

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.

 
A picnic table sits on top of Hot Springs Mountain

Picnic

Enjoy a Peaceful Picnic in the Park.

 
A Silver Airstream camper parked in Gulpha Gorge Campground under a green canopy of trees
Camping at Gulpha Gorge

NPS Photo/Mitch Smith

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 restrooms with flush toilets and running water. Several trails begin here. Read more about rates and facilities.

 
 
The mountain tower is over ten stories high with a staircase and elevator going up to the top where there is an enclosed lookout are and an exposed balcony over top. It's a very geometric shaped tower its many sharp edges and angles.
Hot Springs Mountain has had a lookout tower since at least 1877. This is the third tower to stand near this location and still gives a great view of the surrounding mountains.

NPS Photo/Mitch Smith

Hot Springs Mountain Tower

Located on Hot Springs Mountain Drive, the 216-foot tall tower overlooks 140 miles of the beautiful Ouachita Mountains. There is a fee to go to the top of the tower. A gift shop on the ground level offers a variety of souvenirs along with healthy snacks and sandwiches to satisfy the whole family. For more information, visit their website.

401 Hot Springs Mountain Drive
Hot Springs AR 71901

(501) 881-4020

Last updated: October 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs , AR 71901

Phone:

(501) 620-6715

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