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.
Love it here so much, sadly it is becoming way too popular
The park and campground are connected by trails but you have to drive to town (i.e. Historic district) to get from one to the other by vehicle. Challenging single track trAils and you could feasibly avoid the tourist hoopla if you want to. Campground is behind the picnic area and other visitors drive through to get to one of the trailheads, not ideal. Restrooms, no shower, so bring your own or there's always the small river that runs on the back of the campground.
I'm not one to stay at KOAs but this one was a really good experience. The host was very pleasant and everything was kept very clean. Couldn't ask for a better place.
Well maintained facility. Spaces are close together with minimal privacy. About a 5 minute drive to enter the park and reach bath house row. Trails are accessible at the back of the campground.