My exercise of choice is walking so taking a guided hike in Hot Springs National Park with a park ranger is a treat I enjoy as often as I can. We are fortunate that the north end of the city is included in Hot Springs National Park.
One of the many advantages of visiting Hot Springs is the availability of a myriad of hiking trails in the National Park. As a result we have park rangers who are very knowledgeable about the area and plan guided park hikes for Saturday mornings year around. In the summer the hikes are extended from Wednesday through Saturday.
The hikes led by park rangers take place 9 a.m.- noon on one of the trails in the Park. Those wanting to participate in a guided hike meet in front of Fordyce Bathhouse in the middle of Bathhouse Row at 9 a.m. The guided park hikes begin June 11 and continue throughout the summer. Dogs are welcome on hikes also as long as they are on a leash and as long as their owners clean up after them.
Some of the health benefits from walking in a forested setting include boosting mood, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing vitamin D levels, improving the ability to concentrate, improving physical health, and, in children, reducing symptoms associated with ADHD.
The National Park has 26 miles of trails with easy access. So when you come to town for a visit remember to bring your athletic shoes, water bottle and some sun screen and plan to take in a guided tour on one of the trails. For more information on the hikes, go online to www.nps.gov/hosp or call 501.620.6715
And, when you’re planning your vacation to Hot Springs, we’d love to have you stay with us at Lookout Point Inn. We’re tucked away on Lake Hamilton in a beautiful setting with a flowering garden and labyrinth near the water. All our rooms are extremely comfortable, with luxurious beds and a gorgeous view of the lake. Our breakfasts are by far the best in Hot Springs. We offer an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy nature. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fun trip to Hot Springs including a guided park hike.