Hot Springs National Park
The Hot Springs National Park
369 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901
The Hot Springs National Park, located adjacent to the city of Hot Springs in central Arkansas, is one of the state's major tourist attractions. The park is easily accessible because of its location in downtown Hot Springs and receives over a million visitors annually. The park is home to scenic natural beauty including 47 natural hot springs and their associated watershed in addition to. Among the springs, the park also incorporates downtown Hot Springs, making the park easily accessible to tourists and travelers.
The Hot Springs National Park was created in 1832, and established as a national park in 1921. It is one of the oldest federal reserves in all of America, and is the smallest national park in America. The main attraction of the park, as the name states, are the hot springs which flow from the Quachita Mountain range. The park evolves around preserving these unique springs. The springs are considered therapeutic as the water that comes out have been used to heal ailments for ages.
There are many activities done in the park. For hikers, it has 26 miles of well maintained hiking trails. For those looking for a scenic drive, it has a choice of three wonderful drive routes - Hot Springs Drive, North Mountain Drive, and West Mountain Drive. The park is dotted with picnic spots providing a wide choice to picnickers. And of course, the park's signature attraction – the National Historic Landmark of Bathhouse Row – gives the visitors an opportunity to soak and relax in hot mineral-rich water after a day of exploring.
The park has shown increased interest in recent years, tallying around 1.5 million visitors in the last year alone. Famous commonalities in the park are the bathhouses and bathing customs. It is believed that water benefit skin and blood, nervous breakouts, and various diseases. There are nearly two dozens bathhouses around the park that provide bathes in this seemingly magical water.
With so much to see and do, it is an easy choice for any visitor to central Arkansas.