Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail

Arkansas

Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail Facts

States: Arkansas
Counties: Garland
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Broadway Terrace and Church Street and Chelsea Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032680
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail Description

The Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail is actually made up of four seamlessly linked trails—Transportation Plaza Trail, Valley Street Creekwalk, Jaycee/Friendship Trail, and Hollywood Trail. When complete, the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail will run for 4.2 miles from just south of the famous Bathhouse Row in the tourist destination of Hot Springs, Arkansas to Lake Hamilton at the city's southern edge. While the northern portion, spanning 2 miles from the Hot Springs Convention Center to Chelsea Street, is complete and open for use, the segment south of Chelsea Street to Lake Hamilton is yet to be constructed.

For now, enjoy the walk, run, or ride near the heart of downtown Hot Springs on a dedicated off-road path. The asphalt trail connects the city's downtown with its transportation hub, sculpture garden, farmers market, skatepark, and playing fields while paralleling Hot Springs Creek for most of its route. The trail is also close to Oaklawn Park Race Track, one of the most famous thoroughbred racetracks in North America.

Parking and Trail Access

Hot Springs is only a 1 hour drive from Little Rock along I-30 and US 70. Parking for the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail is available near the intersection of Valley Street and Runyan Street. A second parking lot can be found farther south at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Bayard Street.

Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail Reviews

At its present stage of development, the Hot Springs Greenway Trail, at just 2.25 miles [there are plans to extend it to 4.2], is relatively short for a bike ride. But then, it is a multi-purpose trail within the city limits, and as such provides a fantastic opportunity for exercise. It closely follows and frequently crosses the Hot Springs Creek. Being within the city limits, it quite a few times crosses (busy) streets, but as the crossings are well marked, that is never a problem.
What we liked ever so much besides the sculptures at the beginning of the trail and the tree-carvings at Hollywood Park, was the fact that the surface of the trail was very smooth asphalt throughout, and that it was perfectly maintained. Add to this the fact that, even on such a short trail, there were more than one restrooms and water faucets, and you get – as said before – the perfect multi-purpose urban trail. Kudos to the City of Hot Springs for providing such a trail.

Nice trail, weather was uncommonly warm so there were a lot of people out. First off there are more water stops than was listed, we saw 3 but they were turned off understandably to keep them from freezing as it was January. True there is only one restroom facility but how many do you need in such a short trail.

I would make it closer to 2.5 miles as it doesn't stop at Adams but turns left and goes back and runs along the creek behind the waste treatment before coming back up to where Seneca becomes Adams.

There is a crossing button Southbound when crossing Grand St. but I failed to see one coming back from the other direction. Just be careful here as it's a 4 lane crossing.

Could use more public bathrooms, only have the one at Hollywood park. Also that is the only location for water. But you can continue thru downtown to Whittington park, circle it and back and add some miles. One word of warning use all of your bike lane in downtown, because some cars don't know there is a law in Arkansas to give a 3 ft. wide berth!

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