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Tucked among Arkansas Diamond Lakes at the eastern entrance to the Ouachita National Forest, Hot Springs National Park surrounds the town of Hot Springs - boyhood home of former President Bill Clinton (who was born in nearby Hope). Some 47 natural springs gurgle 147-degree thermal water through the area and today restored bathhouse spas offer visitors the opportunity to bathe in the springs. The historic downtown features many remarkable Victorian-era building and shoppers and architecture buffs come to stroll the lively historic district. Spectators can get their thrills at Oaklawn Park, where live horse-racing happens daily. Plenty of ...

Tucked among Arkansas Diamond Lakes at the eastern entrance to the Ouachita National Forest, Hot Springs National Park surrounds the town of Hot Springs - boyhood home of former President Bill Clinton (who was born in nearby Hope). Some 47 natural springs gurgle 147-degree thermal water through the area and today restored bathhouse spas offer visitors the opportunity to bathe in the springs. The historic downtown features many remarkable Victorian-era building and shoppers and architecture buffs come to stroll the lively historic district. Spectators can get their thrills at Oaklawn Park, where live horse-racing happens daily. Plenty of outdoor activities are within easy reach, including the hike up Hot Springs Mountain, with spectacular views from the Mountain Tower. The nearby Ouachita National Forest offers plenty of camping, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Tenth most populous city in the state of Arkansas. Traditionally best known for the natural spring water that gives it its name, flowing out of the ground at a temperature of 147 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

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    Hot Springs has four distinct seasons but is open for business year-round.