Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteAmerica realized early on the intriguing nature of these 47 hot springs. In 1832, some 40 years before Yellowstone was made a National Park, Hot Springs was set aside as a Reservation. The springs are unusual because they lack the sulfur odor and taste of many other hot springs. Rainwater soaks through the rocks to the northwest of the springs, and is heated underground by contact with the hot rock deep beneath the earth's crust. Eventually, the water (850,000 gallons a day) seeps out in 47 springs at a temperature of 143 degrees.
What You're Going to SeeEight of the bathhouses have been preserved for visitors, the finest collection in the United States. The free-flowing water comes out of the mountainside and into the beautifully landscaped Bathhouse Row. Much of the water is still channeled to traditional bathhouses and jug fountains, for bathing and drinking.
Personal ObservationsI haven't been there yet. But maybe a winter-time visit wouldn't be a bad idea ...
Getting ThereFrom Little Rock, go southwest on I-30 for about 20 miles to the junction with US 270. Take that west for about 25 miles to the town of Hot Springs, which touches the Park. The Park visitor center is on Route 7, on Bathhouse Row.
Nearby Attractions55 miles to the northeast, in Little Rock, is Central High School National Historic Site. About 80 miles to the northwest is Fort Smith National Historic Site. About 100 miles to the north is Buffalo National River.