Until March 2018 when Congress created Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis, Hot Springs National Park was the smallest National Park. I was worried that I would have trouble running a reasonable route there. I was very happy to find out that I could do a 13.1 mile loop twice in some very pretty countryside. My new friend Catherine joined me for the first loop. While most people know Hot Springs for the bathhouses the parks grounds with forest, rock formations and lakes are worth taking the time to explore. 

I learned that the water bubbling to the surface entered the ground 4,000 years ago. When you go to a spring to soak (which you should) it is amazing to consider the water you are in is 4,000 years old. 

Check out Hot Springs National Park. A little different spin on a national park but worth the trip.