America’s Oldest National Park Has A Truly Fascinating History
While Yellowstone is often believed to be the oldest national park in the system, the title technically belongs to a relatively unknown park hiding in Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park. Despite the fact that it’s only a fraction of the size of Yellowstone, it’s no less impressive. In fact, the natural hot springs are what attracted people to this area of Arkansas, creating a town by the name of Hot Springs. Land was set aside by the federal government back in 1832, long before national parks had been conceptualized. Here’s more on the fascinating history behind America’s smallest national park:
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For more information on Hot Springs National Park, be sure to visit the official website by clicking here. Have you visited Hot Springs recently? We’d love to hear all about it!
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.