Gulpha Gorge is a great campground. There are lots of good hiking trails in the Hot Springs National Park. While they do have nice restroom facilities, they do not have showers. The campsites are first come (not reservable). The sites could be a little better spaced apart, but it is still a nice campground. There are mountain biking trails and a disc golf course just up the road at Cedar Glades Park, which is nice.
I would reccomend this place to anyone who wants to just get away from the fast paced world we live in. Try it out and get away from the real world for a couple days!
This campground is small, and being a National Park campground it is pricey. Its sites are also first-come-first-served campsites. But, if you come at the right time of year (when it's not too hot out) the hiking is terrific. From the campground, you can cross the creek and hike up the hill to an awesome lookout, stop at the top of the hill and visit the tower (for a fee, but it is worthwhile both for the view as well as reading the plaquards to learn the history of the area). Then continue hiking over the hill and down the other side to Hot Springs Bathhouse Row, where you can fill your bottle/jug with piping hot spring water. The Promenade and Bathhouse Row are the best part of Hot Springs to explore, including the National Park museum bathhouse. Back at the campground, you can take a short hike in a different direction through the woods to end up at a little BBQ restaurant. And finally, drive or hike to the trail called "Balanced Rock". It too is a worthwhile hike if you reach the namesake boulder balanced upon another boulder.
This small parking area is equipped with a machine to handle your camping exchange of $10 a night. This is definately not the place to camp if you want to explore on foot. Limited space of each pull in spot had a patch of grass dividing them. The river runs behind some spots but the overall experience is crammed and uncomfortable.
this is a beautiful spot to cam on a nice creek in the mountains. no showers all sites have sewer. first come first serve only. no reservations.
We enjoyed the one night we spent in this campground, but it isn't much of a wilderness experience. It's much more like camping in a city park, streetlights and all. Still, it's very close to the old bath houses that make this National Park interesting. I recommend a visit if you're in the area.
Hot springs in AR with lots of history and fantastic hiking trails. The hot springs are in bathhouses, not outdoor pools. I personally prefer the pools found elsewhere, but these are very nice and important to preserve the history of the area. Campground is simple but modern.
Yay: so many trails of all distances and difficulties, shady campground.
Nay: close to town, which can be good or annoying depending on your mood. Sites are not very private, but they are fine.
Surprise: awesome fountains with the spring water and you can take as much as you want!
the water is hotter then you think it is
I'm giving four stars just because the campsites were nice and there were a few trails that were okay to hike. In my quest to visit every national park I've come to expect amazing hikes and scenic views and lots of nature. Unfortunately, Hot Springs National Park is primarily a historical site. I was not at all interested in Bath Row and it seems to be the primary feature of this park. If you're looking for something akin to RMNP or even Mammoth Caves, this probably isn't your idea of a good time. If you ARE looking for some history featuring natural hot springs, definitely stop by.
Typical national park facilities, but I just expected Hot Springs national park to be cooler than it was. It doesn't live up to the grandeur that other NPs make you expect.