Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas
Most of the bathhouses in Hot Springs were built around the turn of the last century at the height of spa popularity. Situated in the Ouachita mountains, the bathhouses are sitting above hot springs that were known for their healing spring waters. Today, many of the bathhouses have been transformed into restaurants and visitor centers.
Buckstaff Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas – The Buckstaff Bathhouse which originally opened in 1912, is the only remaining operational bathhouse in Hot Springs.
The Quapaw Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Quapaw was originally opened in 1922. It was named after a local Indian tribe.
Superior Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas. This one is now a restaurant and Brewery. Only root beer is brewed here at this time. Nice place to grab a bite or have a drink while people watching.
It was actually a good workout just to get up the hill to the walking path. Gravity is very noticeable on the way up. I need to do that about 10 times a day.
The hot springs in this area are still very much active in downtown Hot Springs. There is a public fountain were you can fill your cup or your jugs with the springs water. We met a couple filling gallon jugs with spring water to take back home declaring it is the best water you could ever drink. The water is directed to underground tanks to cool before it is sent to the public fountain. We were told that the water comes out of the ground hot enough to burn your skin so it must be cooled before it is ready for the public fountain. Next trip I will be sure to take a picture of the public fountain.
Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Arkansas