Alright, we all knew it would come to this… Hot Springs is the smallest National Park (BY FAR) and it’s perhaps most famous for fighting with Yellowstone over the title of oldest National Park. For those who don’t know about that last part; Hot Springs isn’t, Yellowstone is. This park has a lot more in common with Harpers Ferry, Cumberland Gap and even Chaco Culture than any National Park, but that’s because those are all National Historical Parks which feature beautiful natural landscapes but nature is not their central focus. It’s the same here in Arkansas where the park has wonderful scenery, but everyone comes here for the hot springs and historic hotels/bathhouses. It’s not a bad park by any means, it just don’t really fit the common perception of a “National Park”.