Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National ParkHot Springs Reservation was created by Congress on April 20, 1832. It is located near Hot Springs, Arkansas and was designated as a National Park on March 4, 1921. It is one of the smallest of the national parks in the U.S.

 

The springs flow down from Hot Springs Montain which is connected to the Ouachita Mountain range. The springs and the mountains surrounding them have been maintained to perserve the system that supplies the hot water for the general use of the public. Visitors both with wealth and without have been attracted to the hot springs for over two hundred years to help with ailments and for relaxation.

"Bathhouse Row" is a National Historic Landmark District that has eight historic bathhouses, the greatest collection in North America. The row's Fordyce Bathhouse serves as the park's visitor center that is very interesting to tour. Besides the baths, there are many other activities in the area. There are 26 miles of hiking trails with camping at Gulpa Gorge Abyss. There is a scenic mountain drive with picnicing in the mountains or by Gulpa Creek.

Climate

There are four seasons in central Arkansas. Spring and fall are very moderate with some humidity. It is humid and hot during the summer. Winter weather is unpredictable with temperatures from below freezing to in the 60's and some humidity. It is suggested to bring a light jacket in the spring and fall. Summer calls for light and comfortable attire. Be prepared during the winter months for cold weather that can warm up, so layer your clothing.

 

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