Located in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a natural for outdoor adventures and sporting events. The beautiful lakes of Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita boast excellent bass and trout fishing and are popular sites of premier fishing tournaments and events, such as the Forrest Wood Cup and FLW Outdoor Expo and the BFL Super Tournament. Hot Springs lakes are also summertime hot spots for boating and water sports. Arkansas State Parks on Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita offer year-round camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more.
Hot Springs is home to world-class golfing. Discover challenging play on exquisite courses. Two 18-hole championship courses are listed on the Natural State Golf Trail.
One of the most beloved traditions in Hot Springs is Oaklawn Racing and Gaming’s live thoroughbred racing season, which runs from January through April, and concludes with the much-anticipated Racing Festival of the South, featuring the highlight of the year, the Arkansas Derby. If games of skill are more your speed, Oaklawn’s gaming room features Instant Racing, simulcasting and electronic poker, craps, blackjack, and more.
A uniquely Hot Springs event is the Legends Balloon Rally, a hot air balloon rally held annually in September at Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport. The event attracts more than 25 balloons from around the country. Fun for the whole family, Legends Balloon Rally features balloon glows, live music, a classic car show, and other entertainment.