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When you book an RV in Garland County, consider parking it at the Hot Springs National Park KOA campground in Hot Springs. Check out the Hot Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for updated information on area attractions, events, and visitor guides.
This KOA has been recognized with the President’s Award and the Founder’s Award. It offers shuttles and local tours, a seasonal pool, a fishing pond, sports and recreation, a game room, miniature golf, a snack bar, and a store with propane, firewood, and gifts and souvenirs. Other amenities include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. The maximum RV site length is 70 feet, and sites are graveled with full hookups and cable TV access. Sites with pull-through or back-in access are available, and if you want an upgraded experience, you can set up camp in a deluxe spot with a patio, patio furniture, a brick fire pit. Hot Springs National Park KOA is pet-friendly and features a dog park where canine companions can run a little wild.
Hot Springs National Park is known as "the American Spa," and it’s a treasure that you can enjoy and explore when you're camping with an RV near Hot Springs. The prime draw here are the 47 geothermal hot springs with an average temperature of 143 degrees Fahrenheit. The water is naturally potable, and visitors are encouraged to fill bottles to take home. There are two fully operational bathhouses on Bathhouse Row. The restored Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum features exhibits, films, and restored original spa rooms. Guided tours, ranger programs, and special events take place throughout the year. The Bathhouse Row Emporium-sponsored bookstore features books on local history and culture, park merchandise, gifts and souvenirs, bottles for spring water, spa items, coffee made with spring water, and more. There are picnic areas in the park.
Scenic Byway #7 is Arkansas’s first state-designated scenic byway, and you can explore it with your RV rental near Hot Springs National Park KOA. It is also designated a National Forest Scenic Byway and recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the country; it's also historically and culturally significant as it begins near the oil boomtown of El Dorado. It crosses Hot Springs, the Ozarks, Mystic Caverns, and other natural and historical points of interest. There are plenty of picnic areas along the way. Maps and guides are available for download.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of the few remaining places on Earth where visitors can search for genuine diamonds in the original volcanic source. You can take advantage of this when you're RV camping at the KOA near here. The park features a 37-acre field that is the eroded surface of a volcanic crater. Precious stones found here include white, yellow, and brown diamonds as well as quartz, agate, jasper, garnet, and amethyst. Exhibits at the visitor center include real uncut diamonds, interactive history and geology displays, and the Diamond Discovery Center. The park also offers walking trails, a wildlife observation trail, a water park, a seasonal café, and a gift and souvenir shop. Special events and ranger programs for all ages are held throughout the year.
People who love nature and beauty will appreciate the Garvan Woodlawn Gardens, which are part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. You will not want to miss this when you rent a camper near Hot Springs National Park KOA. The gardens are intended to preserve and enhance the botany of the Ouachita environment. Exhibits include the Sugg Model Train Garden, the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden, the Perry Wildflower Overlook, the Weyerhauser Bonsai Garden, and the Floating Cloud Bridge. Self-guided and guided group tours are available. The Garden Shop features garden merchandise, gifts and souvenirs, toys, handmade note cards, and its own local honey. There is a concession-style café with outdoor seating.
The Mid-America Science Museum has plenty to appeal to all ages and stages, and you can spend some time here when you camp in an RV near Hot Springs. It features over 100 hands-on exhibits and displays including the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, the Marvelous Motion Gallery, the Light Bridge, the Tesla Theater, and the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Classes, workshops, and special events are held throughout the year as well as the annual Tinkerfest. The museum store offers science-themed merchandise, gifts, clothing, and educational keepsakes. There is a snack bar and picnic area.
You can enjoy the best breakfast in the area in season as well as other snacks and refreshments when you are camping at Hot Springs National Park KOA. And, since this area caters to tourists, you’ll have plenty of other choices outside of your campground, including fine dining, traditional and contemporary Southern cuisine, ethnic eateries, and familiar names in family-friendly fast-casual chains. Refilling your tank as well as your belly is another necessity, and you will have a lot of choices for either gasoline or diesel fuel at any of the area’s truck stops, convenience stores, or service stations.