Hot Springs National Park, named one of the top 15 visited National Parks in the USA, invites visitors from around the globe to downtown Hot Springs. This year the country celebrates 100 years of existence of the national park system, which was by President Woodrow Wilson and signed into law. Hot Springs National Park became an official national park in 1921.
According to National Geographic Magazine, “The park calls itself the ‘oldest area in the national park system’ because in 1832, before Yellowstone became the first national park, President Andrew Jackson set aside the hot springs as a special reservation.”
Each day about 700,000 gallons of water flows through 47 springs in Hot Springs National Park. We are so proud of our rich heritage because we are the only place where a national park is actually bordered by a city.
Included in Hot Springs National Park is Bathhouse Row, a part of the National Historic Landmark District and represents an impressive collection of bathhouses. The Hot Springs National Park area includes a number of places to visit and honor our rich history. Some of those include:
- Fordyce Bathhouse, the visitor’s center and museum
- Quapaw Bathhouse, with 4 pools and a modern spa
- Superior Bathhouse, now a brewery, distillery and restaurant
- Buckstaff Bathhouse, operating continuously since 1912
- Ozark Bathhouse, currently a Cultural Center
- Grand Promenade, a pathway situated above the bathhouses
- Mountain Tower, 21 stories for an overview of the city and area
- Jug fountains where people fill containers with hot springs water
- Hiking trails in the National Park Mountains
We have so many interesting places in Hot Springs to experience every day, and the area situated in the national park is filled with great history and fun things to do. So, when you plan a visit to Hot Springs National Park this year take time to celebrate with us 100 years of being a special place within the national park system.
While you’re here, please complete your trip by staying with us at Lookout Point. We are honored to be in an area rife with history. At the Inn we are situated on Lake Hamilton with beautiful views and a very peaceful setting including our extraordinary gardens. Each of our rooms has its own personality and our breakfasts are, by far, the best in town. Make reservations online or give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip to celebrate 100 years of national park history.
Here’s a link to a recent CBS news article on Hot Springs National Park.
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