Hot Springs National Park Things to Do

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    Gulpha Gorge Drive

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Dec 4, 2005

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    Continuing through town, take a left onto Fountain Street, where you'll find the beginning of the road up Hot Springs Mountain. Here, there are also several overlooks, as well as the Hot Springs Mountain Observation Tower. The road itself is fairly short (only a couple of miles long), but there are many trailheads for hiking trails as well as the overlooks. We got there as the sun was setting, so we didn't take any of the hikes. Midway through the drive is the trailhead which leads to Goat Rock, which did seem appealing for another day. The drive ends back on Fountain street, with another opportunity to sample the water at the Happy Hollow Spring.

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    West Mountain Drive

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    When coming into the town from the north, the first opportunity for activity is to turn on to Whittington Ave. You can drive a small loop which will take you past the Whittington Spring (sample the water if you have something to collect it in!) Once you get past the Spring, you can take a right and head up the relatively short mountain drive. There are several overlooks you can pull off at that will give you a nice panoramic view of Hot Springs. This short drive and the drive off Fountain Street up Hot Springs Mountain are more like your typical National Park scenic drives.

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    Idle Visitation

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Inside the bathhouses the styling is typical regardless of which house or houses you choose to visit. In some you can readily imagine the elegance of a bygone age, while in others you might readily give advice as to where to lay the next coat of paint, or what sealant might better serve the drains in the floor. Bathhouse Row is where Hot Springs' tourists come to spend their idle time, but not their dollar. The rest of town is the true emporium, like a miniature Branson but without the shows.

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    Your Guide to Natural Steam

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Bathhouse Row is easily marked as a line of 'mansions' advertising themselves as 'baths.' From start to finish, most houses have an attractive facade and facilities inside that once catered to the idle wealthy. Today you can march among the same stalls where plump plutocrats steamed out imaginary toxins, see the amenities and furnishings in hall and stair where pianos played to afternoon tea, and generally wonder why these ancient relics have not yet been transformed into bed and breakfasts to cater to Hot Springs' present lifeblood, idle tourism.

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    Fordyce Bathhouse

    by frankcanfly Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center
    An extensively restored bathhouse, it was reopened in 1989 and gives an excellent feeling of how it was to bath in a bathhouse in 1915.
    You can see restored furniture, steam cabinets, mechano-therapy machinery, tubs, massage tables, chiropody tools, billiards table, Knabe piano, beauty parlor and hydro-therapy equipment prevalent in those days.

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    Have a Picnic

    by Basaic Written Sep 9, 2009

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    There are picnic tables situated at various locations in the park. A nice leisurely place to eat lunch.

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    Viewing Tower

    by Basaic Written Sep 9, 2009

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    At the top of the mountain is a viewing tower. The tower is run by a private organization and was fairly expensive. The view from the free viewpoint was good enough for me.

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    Mountain Road

    by Basaic Written Sep 9, 2009

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    There is a nice drive up one of the mountains belonging to the park right near bathhouse row. The road is very twisty with tight turns but the view at the top is worth it.

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