Hot Springs National Park

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Hot Springs National Park, in Arkansas, is famed for its thermal waters and historic bathhouses. It offers relaxation, recreation, and a glimpse into spa culture of the past.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Arkansas
Area: 5,550 acres (22.5 sq km) – 62nd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Music Mountain – 1,405 ft (428.24 m)
Lowest Elevation: Bull Bayou – 415 ft (126.49 m)
Date Established: March 4, 1921
Annual Visitors: 2,646,133 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Hot Springs, Arkansas

Recommended Day Hikes

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Hot Springs National Park.

  1. Bathing in the historic bathhouses
  2. Driving the scenic mountain roads
  3. Attending ranger-led historic walking tours
  4. Sampling the thermal spring water
  5. Birdwatching in the park’s forests

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Hot Springs National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Hot Springs National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Hot Springs National Park

After hiking and exploring Hot Springs National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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