Grand Promenade - Hot Springs National Park, AR - a paved trail through a national park


Grand Promenade located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is a U.S. National Park. The area became a national park on the 4th of March 1921 after it was initially created on the 20th of April during 1832 by an act of Congress. It is the United States Park with the smallest area.

Grand Promenade is a half mile long providing a unique view of the quartz veins found in the tufa and sandstone cliffs, hot springs cascade, Arlington Lawn and the historical downtown of Hot Springs. In 1982 the brick promenade became a National Recreation Trail and is something all visitors to the area should see.

The first superintendent's residence was demolished during 1958 and the original site can be seen from the Grand Promenade's north end. The Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center is above the south entrance. The state has used the facility which was built as the 2nd Army-Navy hospital during 1933 for over forty years.

The 1930's is when the Grand Promenade began as a project of the Public Works Administration. The project was finished during 1957. A number of trails start and stop at the Grand Promenade. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the National Park Service.

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