Things To Do


Hot Springs National Park has a rich cultural past. It stands as an icon for healing and a tribute to the “American Spa” of the 20th century. The grand architecture of our nine historic bathhouses is equally matched by the natural curiosities that have been drawing people here for hundreds of years. The ancient thermal springs, mountain views, incredible geology, forested hikes, and abundant creeks – all in the middle of town – make Hot Springs National Park a unique and beautiful destination.

Be sure to come by the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum and Visitor Center to talk with a ranger and for a glimpse into the grandeur of this special place.

We hope that you enjoy your time at Hot Springs National Park!



There are many ways to explore Hot Springs National Park. These are a few of the most popular ways to experience the Park and make your visit memorable.
Thermal pool with green algae
Experience the Water

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

Hiking information and trail maps

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.

An active scene in front of the Fordyce Bathhouse; people sitting ,walking, and looking joyous.
Bathhouse Row

Bathhouse Row is home to the Park's historic bathhouses. Learn about what is available in each of the bathhouses today.

Cedar waxwing sits on a barren branch.

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

A view of the fall colors in Hot Springs from an overlook on West Mountain.

Learn about the many opportunities to take great pictures in 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!



Enrich your visit to Hot Springs by becoming a junior ranger, going on a guided tour, or participating in a ranger program.
Two boys hold a magnifying glass at shoulder length and are peering through it.
Become a Junior Ranger

Explore! Learn! Protect! Become a Junior Ranger at Hot Springs National Park.

A park ranger speaks to visitors on a guided tour of a historic bathhouse
Ranger-led Programs

Join a park ranger for a guided hike, a water talk, or an evening campground program!

Walking down bathhouse row, 2 historical figures are seen blended into a modern day photo.
History & Culture

Learn more about Hot Spring National Park's unique cultural and natural history.

A tall ranger stands at a table with kids looking through microscopes.

Learn more about the educational opportunities at the park - planning a field trip, curriculum resources, and suggested reading.

A large, fluffy dog sits in the grass contently.

Learn about the pet-friendly activities for you and your furry companions in the park!



Looking for a quieter experience? Hot Springs offers ways to slow down and reconnect with yourself and nature.
A woman and her dog crossing a creek
Gulpha Gorge Campground

Learn more about camping, picnicking, and swimming at Gulpha Gorge Campground

Sepia toned photograph of a historic bathtub in the Fordyce Bathhouse.
Soak in the Springs

Fully submerge yourself in the thermal water and let your worries melt away.

The Mountain Tower at sunset with run rays shining through and around the structure.
Hot Springs Mountain Tower

View Hot Springs from atop the Mountain Tower. Learn more about the history of this Hot Springs icon.

A picnic table sits on top of Hot Springs Mountain
Picnic by the Tower

Enjoy a Peaceful Picnic 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.

Turtles sit atop a branch that has fallen across a pond.

Patience, relaxation, challenge, and memories are a few words often associated with fishing. Explore and learn what the park has to offer.

A view of the Superior Bathhouse, looking south.
Eating & Sleeping

Explore dining and accommodations in the Park.

Aerial view looking East towards downtown and bathhouse row. All eight bathhouses can be seen.

From the official park store to downtown Hot Springs, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift or souvenir.


Suggested Itineraries

Need some ideas? Short on time? See our recommendations below.

If you only have an hour:

If you have half a day:

If you have all day or more:

  • Do all of the above

  • Hike some or all of the park's 26 miles of trails

  • Drive the park's scenic mountain roads
  • Picnic at one of the established picnic areas
  • Quaff the elixir at the Superior Bathhouse Brewery
  • View Artist-In-Residence artwork at the Ozark Bathhouse
  • Camp at the Gulpha Gorge Campground
  • Spend the night at the Hotel Hale

Last updated: April 4, 2024

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Mailing Address:

101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901


501 620-6715

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