Hot Springs was among the towns featured in a recent travel piece by Architectural Digest showcasing the 25 Best Small Towns in America. The piece highlighted these cities as places well suited for travel ventures or to live in. Attractions in Hot Springs, which has a population of around 37,000, that were highlighted included Bathhouse Row, the town’s namesake thermal waters, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Magic Springs Water and Theme Park, and the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. The collection of Art Deco buildings found in the city was also mentioned.
Hot Springs is home to Hot Springs National Park, which is the smallest and oldest of the parks in the National Park System. The thermal water is the reason the park was set aside and the springs there were the first, and continue to be, the only federally controlled hot springs in the nation to be managed for both public health and consumptive use. Along with Bathhouse Row, the national park is home to 5,500 acres to explore including over 25 miles of hiking trails that lead to scenic vistas.
Hot Springs has also been rated as a bronze level ride center by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and three IMBA Epic trails are nearby including the state’s newest Epic,108 miles of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, a long distance hiking trail through the Ouachita National Forest. This designated section of the route currently holds title as the longest mountain biking trail in the state. Other nearby Epic trails include the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail and the Womble Trail.