Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park

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VISIT Hot Springs National Park:

As the oldest federal reserve in the United States, Hot Springs has a lot to offer. Situated in Arkansas, this national park is somewhat of an indulgence. Not only can you enjoy forested hikes and mountain views, but there are also ancient thermal springs where you can relax.

The famous Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs also consists of eight bathhouses built between 1892 and 1923. This area was also designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1987.

Hot Springs National Park is home to lovely hikes like the Sunset Trail, which offers fantastic views of the Ouachita Mountains.

Park Details

Hot Springs National Park was established on April 20, 1832, and has a total area of 5,549 acres (9 square miles, or 22 square kilometers).

Address 369 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR, 71901
Phone501-620-6715
HoursTrails open 24/7
Entrance FeeFree
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Hot Springs National Park is the 38th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Hot Springs National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Hot Springs National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Hot Springs National Park are September, March, April & November.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits62,61875,786128,516145,067311,165363,083382,406192,985144,841148,573118,17689,668
Precipitation747498809258545167859393
Avg Temp515563738188929284746252
Max Temp66707784919510010094867667
Avg Temp353845546370747366564537
Min Temp182127374760666450392920
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Hot Springs National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Hot Springs National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Gateway Arch, Ozarks to Hot Springs7197

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Hot Springs National Park.

NameDistance
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site46 mi
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site66 mi
Fort Smith National Historic Site96 mi
Arkansas Post National Memorial103 mi
Buffalo National River120 mi
Pea Ridge National Military Park145 mi
Poverty Point National Monument160 mi
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield181 mi
George Washington Carver National Monument186 mi
Vicksburg National Military Park196 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Hot Springs National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Gulpha Gorge - Hot Springs National ParkHot Springs, AR more 1 miles
Cedar Glades ParkHot Springs, AR more 2 miles
Stephens - Lake OuachitaHot Springs, AR more 9 miles
Lake Ouachita State ParkMountain Pine, AR more 9 miles
Lake Catherine State ParkHot Springs, AR more 9 miles
Brady Mountain - Lake OuachitaHot Springs, AR more 13 miles
Lena Landing - Lake OuachitaHot Springs, AR more 15 miles
Cedar Fourche - Lake OuachitaAR more 17 miles
Iron SpringsJessieville, AR more 17 miles
Crystal Springs - Lake OuachitaHot Springs, AR more 17 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Hot Springs National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
None Found.

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Hot Springs National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Hot Springs National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Memphis International AirportMEMMemphis, TN178 mi
Tulsa International AirportTULTulsa, OK197 mi
Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportDFWDallas-Fort Worth, TX255 mi
St. Louis Lambert International AirportSTLSt Louis, MO328 mi
George Bush Intercontinental AirportIAHHouston, TX340 mi
Kansas City International AirportMCIKansas City, MO343 mi
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportMSYNew Orleans, LA352 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Hot Springs National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Memorial FieldHOTHot Springs, AR3 mi
Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams FieldLITLittle Rock, AR49 mi
South Arkansas Regional At Goodwin FieldELDEl Dorado, AR90 mi
Texarkana Regional Webb FieldTXKTexarkana, AR91 mi
Fort Smith Regional AirportFSMFort Smith, AR94 mi
Boone County AirportHROHarrison, AR121 mi
Mid Delta Regional AirportGLHGreenville, MS138 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.