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Hot Springs National Park has a rich history and is best known for the 47 hot springs that can be found on Hot Springs Mountain. The temperature of the springs averages about 143° F, and the water is naturally potable due to a natural filtering process. Visitors can use these soothing thermal waters to heal and relax at the two operating bathhouses on the Row or enjoy a drink from the hot springs water fountains where many fill bottles to take home. Today, a thriving city has been built up around the hot springs. Together nicknamed "The American Spa," Hot Springs National Park today surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Hot Springs National Park that are open to mountain bikes. This page serves as a general overview of the area. If you're visiting the park and looking for places to ride, check out the nearby Lake Ouachita trails.

Visiting Tips

Hot Springs National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hot Springs National park is one of the few parks that allows LEASHED pets on the trails and in campgrounds. They are not allowed in any park buildings. Please pick up after your pet; pet waste stations are located in the campground.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for the park.

Camping & Lodging

The park operates one campground. Camping at Gulpha Gorge Campground costs $10 per night for primitive sites and $30 per night for sites with hookups. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis. More information on camping can be found at the park's website.

There are no lodging options within the park, but visitors can find many options for lodging in the nearby city. More information about lodging can be found at the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Food & Drink

The park does not operate any restaurants. Instead, head into the town of Hot Springs for a taste of local fare. Choices range from delicious barbecue to fresh Italian-style pizza, with everything available in between.

After the Ride: Local Favorites

DeLuca's Pizzeria Best pizza pie in Hot Springs. Well-worth the price. Owner hails from Brooklyn, NY as well. Authentic as you can get.
Colonial Pancake & Waffle House Not fun place with kids..thy kicked us out.
Rolando's Restaurante Never go to here. It sucks.
The Pancake Shop They don't take plastic so plan ahead!
Steinhaus Keller Does this place serve a good Wiener Schnitzel?
Picante's Try the carne asada really good
Colorado Grill Bronco burrito was the best thing ever. Don't have palaces this good where I'm from in Minnesota. Well worth it. And friendly staff.
Brick House Grill Service sucked order sandwich with out onion sandwich came with onion girl takes back to kitchen and 2 min later comes back with the same sandwich. Wtf they just picked the onions off.
Shipley Do-Nuts best place ever!!
Taco Bell What can I say? It's TB. Well worth it every time!
Taco Mama First time eating here...the food was great!
Rocky's Corner There is no better pizza in hot springs ....
Cafe 1217 This is the best place in town to get quality fresh good food. Their tomato soup and sandwiches are fantastic!
Wok Express Chicken and broccoli is awesome!
SONIC Drive In Mocha Java chiller = LOVE :)
Mr. Whiskers Shrimp Po Boy with Whisker sauce - it's the dish.
Burls Country Smokehouse This is a great place. Really like their sandwiches as well as the beef jerky and beef sticks. My son says it’s his favorite jerky you can buy.

Other Activities

Take in the waters in private baths at Buckstaff Baths or soak in public pools at the Quapaw Baths and Spa. While there are not "natural" hot springs in the park, these two attractions provide excellent places to take a dip in Hot Springs' namesake waters. Once done exploring the park, those looking for other activities in the area can check out the mountain biking and rock climbing at nearby Lake Ouachita.

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