Discover the beauty of Arkansas with our favorite outdoor activities in Hot Springs:
Garvan Woodlands Gardens
Explore a world-class 210 acre botanical garden on Lake Hamilton where delicate flora and fauna live beneath soaring pine trees that form a protective canopy. With 4 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of garden variety to discover. Each season provides beauty, with winter camellias and daffodils, spring tulips and azaleas, summer roses, and fall mums—it’s a sight to behold. From mid-November through December, the Holiday of Lights is a must-see.
Great options abound from fairly easy to difficult trails. We keep several hiking maps and directions at the inn.
- Hot Springs National Park trails in the historic downtown. Maps at the National Park Visitor Center
- Lake Catherine State Park (our personal fav), especially the Falls Trail leading to a waterfall.
- Lake Ouachita State Park, with views of the pristine lake
Some of the best mountain bike trails in the country are nearby:
Rent a boat (or bring your own) on Lake Hamilton, and enjoy exploring the lake. Add the fun of tubing or skiing, and it’s a day of fun. Or paddle around with the inn’s red canoe, and jump in for a swim in warm water. The inn provides a complimentary boat slip by reservation. Launch at the Fish Hatchery.
The area is famous for quartz crystals found in the Ouachita Mountains. Check out Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine, where you will always come away with beautiful crystals that you actually found. Plan to get dirty, and we’ll provide dark towels for you.
A few zipline outfitters are available at: Ron Coleman’s Crystal Mine, Catherine’s Landing, and Ouachita Bend Zip Lines.
Beyond Lake Hamilton, nearby lakes Catherine, Ouachita and DeGray offer terrific fishing opportunities. Our lake is stocked with prize winning fish throughout the summer, with thousands of prize dollars given for the tagged fish. You are welcome to fish from our dock, or bring your own fishing boat. To fish with a pro, check out an area fishing guide.
After a day exploring, retreat to the inn and enjoy a glass of wine at our Innkeepers Reception or unwind by the fire in your private suite.