Hot Springs (Arkansas)

Hot Springs is a city in the Central region of Arkansas and home to Hot Springs National Park, a United States National Park. It is also the childhood home of former President Bill Clinton.


Hot Springs National Park was the nation's first federally protected reservation, having been created by Congress in 1832. Originally named Hot Springs Reservation, it was made a national park and renamed in 1921. It was originally created to protect the region's 47 natural flowing thermal springs. Today the park protects eight historic bathhouses, and is the nation's smallest national park by area. The park visitor center is housed in the former luxurious Fordyce Bathhouse, and the entire "Bathhouse Row" area is a National Historic Landmark District that contains the grandest collection of bathhouses of its kind in North America.

Get in

Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs

By plane

By car

By bus

By train

Get around

The public transport system isn't recommended. It's best to have a car or a friend in the city who doesn't mind driving you around. If you are downtown, it is possible to walk to many sites.


Hot Springs, Arlington Hotel

Hot Springs National Park

For 200 years, the natural hot springs surrounding present-day Hot Springs National Park have been used to treat illnesses and to relax. Today, Hot Springs National Park surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Visitors from around the world flocked to Hot Springs National Park’s historic Bathhouse Row in the 1800s and early 1900s to bathe in the thermal waters, thought to have healing powers; rich and poor alike bathed in its healing waters and relaxed in its bathhouses. With the advent of modern medicine, many bathhouses were closed, but the buildings were preserved and many are open for tours. Today hot and cool mineral water flows from the local springs and many people stop on Bathhouse Row and at the Happy Hollow Spring to fill water jugs at the public fountains. There are no park entrance fees charged.

Botanical Gardens



Hot Springs National Park


Hot Springs is home to several festivals throughout the year.



Hot Springs has many restaurants inside Victorian buildings in the Historic Downtown District, featuring food and friendly service. Historic downtown is not the only popular eating spot in town. Dine by the lake, on a riverboat, near the horse track or mall, on a main thoroughfare, on a mountain lane. Hot Springs restaurants offer a wide variety of excellent dining choices and cuisines - from cafes to gourmet cabarets.





Campgrounds with more amenities can be found in commercial, State Park, Corps of Engineers, and Forest Service campgrounds in the surrounding area.

Stay safe

Caution is advised when handling the thermal spring waters, as their temperatures may reach 143 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, persons with heart or respiratory conditions as should have written consent from a physician before bathing. The average temperature for the hot spring water emerging is 143°F or 62°C.

Go next

Routes through Hot Springs

Hugo Broken Bow  W  E  Benton Little Rock
McAlester Mount Ida  W  E  Pine Bluff END

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