I would call this a National Historical Area before I'd call it a National Park. It's wonderful in it's own right, and I think the big attraction is bathhouse row. It's a wonderful tour of historical buildings with some really stunning architecture. The town is surrounded by beautiful scenery. We toured the Fordyce Bathhouse, which is a must see. We also did a few trails up to the mountain peak, which was really beautiful! My favorite part.
It's a very humid place. The trails were not always well marked. Luckily most of the ones nearby are not really long. We skipped the observation tower as there are many wonderful views of the Ouachita Mountains that are free.
Parking is free on Sunday. Maybe everyone else knows this, but I did not and put $2 in the meter. Best to check & make sure at the city visitor center, which is not the Park visitor center. This is a quaint place, more for people who enjoy historical sites, main street shopping, and spas. Natural beauty abounds for sure, but that doesn't seem to be the main attraction.
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