Hot Springs Mountain Scenic Drive

EASY 4 reviews
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Hot Springs Mountain Scenic Drive is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and scenic driving.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 538 feet Route Type: Loop

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Hot Springs Mountain Drive begins at the end of Fountain Street which is off Central Avenue downtown. Built as a carriage road in the 1880s, it has switchbacks that will take you to the top to a picnic area, the Pagoda overlook, and the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. You can continue on to North Mountain Loop and then back down to Fountain Street.

scenic driving
6 days ago

Tried to do this route again after hoping some of the photo folks had dispersed. Never happened.

scenic driving
6 days ago

Fun scenic drive up the mountain BUT tourists made it impossible. They were sitting in the middle of the road taking photos and selfies. There were people doing shots in wedding attire, school uniforms, and matching family outfits around every curve. One even had props they had to remove from the roadway so we could keep driving. Yes, the fall colors are pretty but they were in the middle of the road!! Craziness.

scenic driving
22 days ago

For such a short drive at the (formally) smallest national park, it is quite beautiful and enjoyable. There are various pullouts to get a panoramic, some better than others, and the town is even better. Saw lots of deer, a raccoon, and plenty other small wildlife.

hiking
23 days ago

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