The Hot Springs KOA is in the a resort city of Hot Springs in the state of Arkansas. The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains among the U.S. Interior Highlands, and is set among several natural hot springs for which the city is named.
The city is home to Hot Springs National Park , just one of only 62 federally recognized National parks in the United States. As early as the 1800’s the town was renowned for its healing waters ,which later on brought tourists from all over and cemented Hot Springs as a tourist town.
Hot Springs has a rich baseball history. During the early 20th century, Hot Springs was known for baseball training camps. Several MLB teams like the city for its healing waters and mild climates. Honus Wagner , Jackie Robinson , Hank Aaron , and Babe Ruth are just some of the games legends that played baseball in Hot Springs.
I fell in love with Hot Springs about 3 years ago when traveling with my family to a reunion and have been back yearly ever since. This time I wanted to bring my son with me and explore the camping side of the city.
Hot Springs KOA is a Holiday KOA
We booked the deluxe cottage at the Hot Springs KOA for two nights which featured the full-size bed and bunk beds.. For a father son getaway this was the perfect set up. Ours came equipped with the microwave , coffee maker for those early mornings and a small although very handy refrigerator.There was a fire feature outside as well along with the standard porch swing which was perfect for star gazing and enjoying a night cap. We also had a picnic table set off to the side of the cabin that sat right next to the fire pit.
The Kampgrounds of America itself was a great mix of tent sites and cabin spaces and the standard RV sites. It was neat to see each of the sites mixed in a bit. There were several areas of the campsite to explore so me and the middle strolled around after arrival to take in the sights. The office sat at the top of the hill overlooking the campground with the pool and the game room right inside. The office / store was stocked full of necessities you probably forgot and some awesome Hot Springs souvenirs.
The next morning we planned our itinerary out. We wanted to first check out the Hot Springs National Park , walk around town , and then grab some lunch before coming back to the cabin. My advice is to set aside a few days , we could have spent three days here and still not seen or done all of Hot Springs. .
We decided to head out and check out the Hot Springs National Park. You have to put this on your list of things to do while in the area! There were many trails to choose from but we set our sights on the Peak Trail which elevated to 1000 feet in .5 miles. It was listed as a “steep but short climb to the top.
The view at the top was well worth the climb! One of my favorite parts of the whole trip for sure! Be prepared to explore this National Park for a few hours , it is well worth it.
The National Park is conveniently in the heart of downtown so after getting done with our trail hike we had built up quite the appetite.
We settled on Angels Restaurant and Bar an Italian restaurant. There were so many different delicious looking options but we settled the soup and salad and the cal zone and both wished we had more room for dessert than we had.
My son loved all the eclectic shops and I loved the local beer made right from the HOT Springs! We stopped in a bunch of different shops that sold anything from beef jerky to soaps to apparel made right in Hot Springs.
We strolled down Bath House Row and marveled in the preservation of the once vibrant bathhouses . There are actually two bathhouses that are still active to this day. I put that on my to do list when I stopped here with the wife for next time. As we walked the streets we marveled at the Ouachita Mountains , which surrounded the city and loomed over us giving the city a remote and cozy feel.
We tolled around the area most of the afternoon , but headed back to the Hot Springs KOA for a swim. The pool was a little on the cold side but we had it all to ourselves. This would be perfect for the hot summers in Arkansas.
My son and I were still thinking about downtown Hot Springs so we headed back and settled on a Mexican restaurant named Diablos Tacos & Mezcal. The street tacos and the margarita I had fixed my cravings. I love my Texas margaritas but it was nice to hop across the border and get a great one as well.
As we headed home from America’s Spa with our bellies full I stepped out on the porch and gazed at the stars to end the day. Hot Springs Arkansas KOA is very secluded , a must have for my fellow star gazers. Another great trip in the books , and I found more reasons to fall in love with Hot Springs all over again.