General Public Message Regarding Thermal Water
Soak in the Springs
There are no outdoor soaking opportunities in the park. However, Bathhouse Row does have 2 available facilities that offer visitors the chance to fully submerge and relax in the thermal water. The thermal springs are piped directly into both of these bathhouses, offering users a true and authentic experience of the water.
Drink the Water
Is the water from hot springs good to drink?
Water from the hot springs is Hot Spring's National Park's primary resource. Congress first protected the hot springs in 1832, and it intended for the water to be used.
Thermal Spring Fountains
Cold Spring Fountains
These two fountains dispense water from cold springs, whose sources are different from the hot springs. Whittington Spring flows out of West Mountain, and Happy Hollow Spring flows out of North Mountain. The Arkansas Department of health requires formal treatment of these springs, and ozone filtration systems are used because they have been deemed the least intrusive of the acceptable methods. Very little ozone remains in the water by the time it reaches the spigot. There is no "treated" taste.
Touch the Thermal Springs
Within the Park, there are 3 places where you can touch the thermal water. Even though the water comes out of the ground at 147 degrees F, it is cool enough to touch by the time it reaches the pools.
Gulpha Gorge Campground
With 40 sites right by Gulpha Creek, the Gulpha Gorge Campground is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Park.
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.
Last updated: September 22, 2023