Hot Springs National Park is located in Arkansas and is the oldest park managed by the NPS. It is also the only urban National Park with a city located in the valley between its main mountains. The park is also famous for its Historic Landmark Bathhouse Row and its many scenic hiking trails. It is the perfect vacation location combining outdoor activities and soothing Hot Mineral Baths. Paying attention to the importance of erosion control allows the park association to preserve the natural beauty of this park.
The Hot Springs Reservation was created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832, and signed into law by then President Andrew Jackson. Then on June 16, 1880 was set aside for public use as a park. The act made Hot Springs the oldest National Park predating Yellowstone by 40 years. The area located in the Zig Zag Mountains of the Ouachita Mountain Range officially became a National Park on March 4, 1921. At only 5,550 acres the park is also the nation’s smallest US Nat’l Park.
The nation’s only urban National Park features type of the line geotextile technology to help preserve the parks environment and Historic Bathhouse Row situated on Central Avenue. The restored Fordyce Bath House is home the National Park’s Tourist and Information Center. Other Bathhouses include the OZARK, home to MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art) plus the Buckstaff and Quapaw which are operating spa style bathhouses. The Lamar is currently the temporary headquarters… Continue reading