Hot Springs National Park Campground


Gulpha Gorge Campground at Hot Springs National Park

The National Park campground is located on the east side of Hot Springs Mountain. It is convenient to downtown Hot Springs, yet in a wooded setting, isolated from the urban area. Gulpha creek runs through the camp ground with several camp sites adjacent to the creek. Very clean and well-maintained park. Roads fully paved, paved parking pads. 44 sites,  with full-hookups. All sites have level or close to level paved parking pads. Each site has a concrete picnic table and elevated BBQ grill. Adequate space between sites. Tall trees provide good shade for most sites. Modern washrooms, cleaned daily, but no showers. Animal proof waste disposal bins. Campground host. RV dump station. Day use picnic area. Amphitheater with sturdy bench seating. Direct access to the extensive network of hiking trails on Hot Springs Mountain.

All sites now have full hookups: 30 and 50 amp electric, water and sewer connections. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Occupancy is limited to 14 days. See Campground Web page link at the end of this post.

Hiking Trails

Leading from the campground, the Gulpha Gorge trail goes to the top of the mountain.
Jo about to climb the stairs to the Goat Rock overlook.
Great view from the top of Goat Rock.

Situated in a valley in the Zig-Zag mountain range Hot Springs is surrounded by hills. The National Park begins in the center of the city and encompasses the mountains to the east and west. So only minutes from downtown Hot Springs you can be in the woods several hundred feet above all the hustle and bustle of the city. Hot Springs became a center for physical therapy not only because of its abundant hot springs, but also because an extensive network of hiking trails were built in the hills surrounding the city to provide an exercise program to supplement the hot spring treatment. The trails vary from easy walking trails to more rugged to allow people to progress gradually to more strenuous exercise. Some of these trails actually link Gulpha Gorge campground with downtown Hot Springs and Bath House Row.

From the trail head at the Gulpha Gorge Campground, you can access the network of trails on Hot Springs Mountain. One of our favorite day hikes is taking the Gulpha Gorge trail that runs to top of eastern side of Hot Springs Mountain. Part way up is the intersection with the Goat Rock Trail which leads to Goat Rock, an outcropping with a panoramic view east. If you continue on the trail past the Rock, it eventually ends at the top of the Mountain where you can intersect with the Gulpha Gorge trail for your return leg of your hike. A great 90 minute exercise with a number of scenic views.

Hot Springs National Park Links:

Arkansas Scenic Drives: Highway 7 Scenic Byway

–Ross

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