Hot Springs Mountain Tower

#10 in Best Things To Do in Hot Springs, AR
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401 Hot Springs Mountain Dr


Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Reaching a whopping 1,256 feet above sea level, Hot Springs Mountain Tower provides travelers with unmatched views of the surrounding area. Those who ride to the tower's top will be able to make out the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs Mountain and the Diamond Lakes. The panoramic view overlooks 140 miles. In addition to views, visitors can grab a keepsake or snag a snack from the Hot Springs Mountain Tower's gift shop and small cafe.

Past visitors enjoyed their Hot Springs Mountain Tower experiences. Travelers even described the winding road leading to the tower as a beautiful drive. Once you arrive, stop in the surprisingly robust gift shop on the base level. From the gift shop, you'll board a glass elevator, which will whisk you 216 feet up to the observation deck. From the deck, you'll be treated to stunning views of Hot Springs National Park.

The Hot Springs Mountain Tower welcomes visitors daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by month. (The tower closes 30 minutes before the gift shop.) Passes to the tower cost $8 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 5 to 11 and $7 for seniors ages 55 and older. Admission is free for children 4 and younger. Parking at the Hot Springs Mountain Tower is free, and a car is the only way to reach the tower, which sits about 2 miles from the downtown area of Hot Springs. More information on the Hot Springs Mountain Tower can be found on its website.

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#1 Hot Springs National Park

Given that Hot Springs National Park shares a name with the nearby town, it should come as no surprise that the 5,500-acre park serves as the main attraction in Hot Springs. The park's thermal waters are its primary draw, and visitors can still soak in the historical establishments lining Bathhouse Row, including the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and the Buckstaff Bathhouse. Additionally, numerous trails weave throughout the park. A majority of the trails are concentrated between the Hot Springs and North Mountain trails as well as the West Mountain Trails. Both these areas offer short, interconnected trails, while the approximately 10-mile Sunset Trail provides a more challenging trek for experienced hikers.

Past visitors suggested taking on the 2.6-mile Sugarloaf Mountain segment of the Sunset Trail, which includes a short spur trail to the Balanced Rock that rewards hikers with one of the most stunning views in Arkansas. They also appreciate the park's attractions in the middle of town, like Bathhouse Row and the Grand Promenade.

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