Hot Springs National Park: Hot Springs, AR is a 5 mile trail located near Hot Springs National Park, AR. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Hot Springs National Park is the smallest National Park but don't let that stop you from hiking their trails. I suggest you start at the visitor center to get a map of the park and, while you are there, tour the bathhouse the visitor center is located in (I liked the third floor the best). There are a number of trails you can take but if you want a nice 3.2 mile hike with some hills I suggest you take the Dead Chief Trail to the Gulpha Gorge Trail which will then meet up with the Upper and then Lower Dogwood Trail. This combination of trails took me a little over an hour to hike and deposited me onto the 5th floor of the Arlington Hotel which was an interesting way to end a hike.
If you want to hike, or see hot springs come out of the ground, this place is mostly a waste of time.
when I lived here it was right down the road. walked it nearly everyday. beautiful view as well
Hot Springs National Park looks fairly small on a map, especially when compared to nearby Ouachita National Forest, but there are actually a fair amount of trails here.
The park is bisected by Central Ave (7) which also seems to be the main street for Hot Springs where you can grab something to eat, some tourist T-shirts or visit the bath houses and spas. It was interesting to see the local museum which preserved an old bath house.
When are finished with all the site seeing in town, you can head up to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower which has pretty good views of the surrounding area. There is a road if you would like to take the easy way out, or you can hike it along multiple trails. I took the Floral Trail to the Hot Springs Mountain Trail. On the way back I took Short Cut Trail. I was told it was originally meant to be a horse trail that went straight into town. The quick hike was fairly easy with the only difficult part being Short Cut, which got a little steep in some parts and I lost my (untrained) footing.
If you are within a days drive of Hot Springs, I would recommend it as a three day weekend or even a stop on a longer journey for a couple of days
This drive takes you through the national park that surrounds 19th century resort city renowned for natural mineral springs and curative waters. The tour begins at bathhouse row, line of elegant, restored establishments built to cater to health seekers. Hot Springs mountain drive accesses 216 foot high observation tower offering views of zig zag mountanins. Returning to hwy 7, tour continues to west mountain drive. Ascent to summit features rock outcroppings of novaculite and scenic over looks. Route is SR7, to hot springs mountain drive to fountain street, back to sr 7 to whittington ave, to west mountain drive and finish with summit drive.