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Hot Springs National Park

Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas

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  • Hot spring near bottom of the park.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Hot spring cascade.- Hot Springs National Park
  • The Arlington Hotel visible from park.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Wildflowers in Hot Springs National Park.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Wildflowers in Hot Springs National Park.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Walkway at the top of the cascade.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Top of the cascade looking down.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Upper part of the spring that feeds into the cascade.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Road through the park.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Ral Spring sign.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Beginning of the Peak Trail.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Peak Trail sign.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Walking on the Peak Trail.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Gravel part of the Peak Trail.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Long stretch to the top.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Top of the Peak Trail with a picnic area.- Hot Springs National Park
  • Picnic area restrooms.- Hot Springs National Park
  • View from a lookout at the top of the trail.- Hot Springs National Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing hot springs. Great local attractions. Good hiking.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Ouachita Mountains, AR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, is one of the hidden treasures in this southern state. From its history of the bathhouses to the national park, this place has so much to offer. While you are there you can stay in the historic Arlington Hotel, which sits right on the edge of the park. In the morning, you can take a mile round-trip hike to the top of the mountain. This trek is on the moderate side, so wear good hiking shoes. Flips flops are not recommended for this journey. At the top of the mountain you can go to top of the viewing tower to get a spectacular view of the area around you. It costs $8 per person to go to the top of the tower, but if you have an America the Beautiful pass this fee is reduced to $5 per person. The trip to the top of the mountain is also accessible by vehicle on a paved road. Once you come back down, make sure to visit the visitor center in the old Buckstaff Bathhouse. While you are there, take the tour to see how life used to be at the bathhouses. It is recommended to visit one the operational bathhouse on Bathhouse Row for a massage or a full day at the spa, which incorporates the hot springs water of this area. This place is full of beauty and full of relaxation. Take time to literally soak it all up before you leave!

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