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The Best Places to See Hot Springs in Hot Springs National Park
Hot Water CascadeHot Water Cascade is largest and most prominent hot spring in Hot Springs National Park. Located near Arlington Lawn and the heart of the downtown historic district, it’s easy to find and well-marked. The large spring starts at the top of the hill and flows down under the trail and into two pools near the Arlington Lawn. The spring can be viewed from the Arlington Lawn and near the Grand Promenade area.
The Display SpringThe second spot to see hot springs in Hot Springs National Park is located directly behind Bathhouse Row near the park’s visitor center. Tucked behind the Maurice Bathhouse, this hot spring is much smaller than Hot Water Cascade. But given it’s more secluded location, it tends to be less busy and a good spot to observe the hot spring in detail.
Tufa Terrace TrailWhile not marked on the National Park Service map of Hot Springs because the spring waters don’t always consistently flow here, another spot to catch steam rising and some spring action is along the Tufa Terrace Trail. The trail gets its name from huge calcium carbonate deposits called tufa, formed as the hot springs water used to flow out of the ground in this area. Along the way you may spot signs of spring waters.
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