Ideas for a Week in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs National Park Headquarters Building

Ideas for a Week in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas is a small town located in the Ouachita Mountains. It’s known for its natural hot springs and many outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as its beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re planning a week-long visit to Hot Springs here are some ideas for things to do:

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Visit the Garvan Woodland Gardens

The Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre botanical garden located on the shores of Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. It features a variety of gardens, including a Japanese garden, a butterfly garden, and a water garden. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place to visit, and offers many opportunities for photography and relaxation. The Garvan Woodland Gardens were the highlight of the trip.

Take a Boat Tour

Many of the gardens at the Garvan Woodland Gardens can only be accessed by boat, and the park offers guided boat tours of the gardens. These tours are a great way to see the gardens from a different perspective, and provide interesting information about the plants and animals that live there.

Lake Hamilton on the Quachita River at Entergy Park

Entergy Park

Several evening I enjoyed the watching the sunset from Entergy Park. It’s a waterside recreational park offering walking trails, fishing spots, playgrounds & a scenic overlook. It is on Lake Hamilton and the Ouachita River.

Visit the Hot Springs National Park

The Hot Springs National Park is a must-see attraction in Hot Springs. In addition to the hot springs, the park also offers many other activities, such as hiking, picnicking, and fishing. I enjoyed a hike on a wonderful trail that followed the ridge of the mountain overlooking town.

Go Fishing

The Hot Springs area is known for its many rivers and lakes, and is a popular destination for fishing. Some popular spots for fishing include Lake Hamilton, Lake Catherine, and the Ouachita River.

Explore the Downtown Hot Springs Area

Hot Springs has a charming downtown area with many interesting shops, restaurants, and historical attractions. Some highlights include the Hot Springs Bathhouse Row, the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center, and the Hot Springs National Park Museum.

Plenty to Keep You Busy

Overall, Hot Springs has a lot to offer for a week-long visit, and a visit to the Garvan Woodland Gardens is a must-do activity. Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, history, or just enjoying the beautiful gardens, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in this charming town.

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Covid-19 R&R Trip Continued

Garvan Woodland Gardens

The Garvan Woodland GardensĀ is a 210-acre botanical garden located approximately 6 miles from Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States. Owned by the University of Arkansas, it has the stated mission of education, research, and public service. I spent the majority of November 9, 2020, exploring and walking at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. I walked over, 16,000 steps while there. Beautiful fall colors greeted upon arrival.

Breath-taking scenery was the norm.

The garden was well manicured and maintained.

Natural stones were used for steps and walkways.

The pathways curve with the flow of the terrain.

Several small waterfalls were on the grounds.

A canopy of fall colors filled the air.

The bridges and walkways make moving around the grounds easy. The elevation changes were manageable.

Another beautiful bridge.

More of the walkways.

Another small waterfall.

The coy pond.

The Floating Cloud Bridge.

The flowers weren’t as pretty as springtime but there were still flowers.

They were getting ready for Christmas.

A fairy house.

Another fairy house.

Even fairies go to church.

Little fairy houses abound.

I think the fairies like to drink a pint.

There really is a tooth fairy. I found where he lives.

Walk-in, fly out.

Part of the fairy town.

More fairy city.

Maybe a fresh coat or a coat of paint would help.

Interesting fairy houses.

Last of the fairy houses.

A tree house

Getting ready for Christmas.

A view of Lake Hamilton. It surrounds the garden.

The Anthony Chapel in the woods. It reminds me of the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, AR.

 

 

 

Covid-19 Rest and Relaxation Roadtrip

Hot Springs, Arkansas

I’m taking five days of rest and relaxation in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Western Arkansas, and Eastern Oklahoma. I’m based out of Hot Springs.

Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino

During my stay, I’m seeing local sights, fall foliage, and reading/editing/rewriting. I have a nice hotel room with a balcony. It’s just across the street from the Oaklawn Racetrack and Casino. I don’t play the horses or go to casinos but you can see the big building across the street from the Best Western where I’m staying. It’s a huge airplane hanger size building. The photo was taken from my balcony.

The hotel has a full breakfast included in the room rate. I enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy with a cup of coffee.

 

Talimena National Scenic Byway

I have already visited Mena, Arkansas, and driven the Talimena Scenic Byway in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The Talimena Scenic Drive is a National Scenic Byway in southeastern Oklahoma and extreme western Arkansas spanning a 54.0-mile stretch of Oklahoma State Highway 1 and Arkansas Highway 88 from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas.

Mena, Arkansas

The views were amazing looking back toward Mena, Arkansas.

Further down the drive, the vista was unending.

Traffic was heavy.

Fall Foliage

The fall foliage was spectacular.

I even took a selfie.

Hot Springs National Park

Today I hiked in the Hot Springs National Park near downtown Hot Springs. I was at an elevation of just under 2,000 feet.

Lake Hamilton

In the evening I watched the sunset at Lake Hamilton just 10-minutes south of my hotel.

I also have edited and rewritten 175 pages on my current work. I’ll post more in the days ahead.