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Famous for its Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, Arkansas is home to Hot Springs National Park. Many people flock to the park for the natural hot springs and their believed medicinal values, as well as the spa experiences. Search for an RV in Garland County and explore all the natural beauty Hot Springs National Park has to offer.
Little Rock is just an hour northeast of the park so you can fly from anywhere in the country and then rent an RV in Little Rock and head over to Hot Springs National Park. You can even explore the Ouachita National Forest while camping near Hot Springs. The hot springs flow down from Hot Springs Mountain, which is a part of the Ouachita Mountain Range and protected within the Ouachita National Forest.
While most people come to Hot Springs National Park to experience the phenomenon of the hot springs, you may want to find an RV rental nearby and stay for a few weeks to also enjoy all the other natural attractions in the park. Visitors like to step back in time and take a stroll along Bathhouse Row and the Grand Promenade located in the National Historic Landmark District. Other visitors may opt to venture further into Hot Springs National Park explore the miles of well-maintained hiking trails. Hiking trails vary in length and difficulty to fit any hiker’s needs.
While camping at Hot Springs National Park, you may want to check out the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, which stands 216 feet tall and allows visitors a view of the Ouachita Mountains. The first tower was built in 1877, and since then, there have been three towers built near the original location. At the base of the tower, you’ll find concession and souvenir stands where you can find gifts for friends and family back home.
RV camping at Hot Springs National Park can be a lot of fun, especially when you know the history of the park. Summer tours offer insight into the park’s history and ecology, as well as how simple rainwater is converted into hot spring water. You’ll also learn how the hot spring water is used in the therapeutic baths along Bathhouse Row.
Planning to camp with an RV at Hot Springs National Park? Gulpha Gorge Campground, located on the eastern side of the park, is available to tent and RV campers on a first-come, first-served basis. Gulpha Gorge Campground is located near the Gulpha Creek and offers easy access to several trailheads. There are no shower facilities, but modern restrooms with flush toilets are provided. Running water is also available as well as full RV hookups for most campsites. Gulpha Gorge Campground does limits stays to 14 days within a calendar year. These 14 days may be consecutive or broken into smaller blocks of time.
The Hot Springs National Park KOA allows for longer stays and can accommodate most RVs. This KOA allows you to camp in an RV near Hot Springs and still experience everything the park has to offer. The KOA is minutes from the park and Bathhouse Row. Wi-Fi, full hookups, a pool, and a dump station are just a few of the amenities offered at the Hot Springs National Park KOA.
Most people who visit Hot Springs National Park are generally curious about the hot springs and want to learn more. While you’re in the area, stop by Bathhouse Row and check out the eight bathhouses constructed in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Buckstaff Baths is an excellent spot to relax and enjoy a thermal bath. The famous Fordyce Bathhouse, designed with elaborate stained glass windows and marble floors, now houses the park’s museum and visitor center.
While visiting Hot Springs National Park, plan a few days of camping with an RV in the Ouachita National Forest. This national forest covers almost two million acres and extends from central Arkansas to southeastern Oklahoma. You can experience hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, and so much more when camping at Ouachita National Forest. The forest shelters many different wildlife and fish species, some threatened or endangered. Bring along your camera or phone so you can take pictures of the beautiful vegetation and wildlife you encounter.
Before heading home from Hot Springs National Park, you may find the DeSoto Hotel an interesting place to stop and browse. Built in 1926, this historic hotel has become famous for its ghosts that roam the halls and even photobomb visitors as they take selfies inside the hotel. The kids will love the indoor gem mine, where they can pan for precious gems in all kinds of weather.