With an ideal location in the heart of Arkansas, the Natural State®, Hot Springs Village and the surrounding areas offer countless ways to enjoy life outdoors, from quiet nature walks to bold and challenging sports. The Parks & Recreation Department of the Hot Springs Village POA can help you get involved in all of it!
To see our Outdoor Adventures happening soon, visit our calendar.
Our Outdoor Adventures Team organizes several hikes a year, including our New Year’s hike on our own trails, our Dam-to-Dam Hikes, and the Iron Springs Hunt’s Loop Hike. Organized hikes range from easy to difficult. Talk to our team members about which hikes are right for you.
Hot Springs Village has over 30 miles of trails inside its gates, and most of these trails are bike-friendly. We organize rides frequently, so check our calendar for upcoming rides. And you can always hit the trails on your own!
We offer guided tours to help you learn more about the plants and animals that surround Hot Springs Village. Tree tours inside and outside the Village, the Fall Foliage and Eagle Watch Tour and the Arkansas Autumn Afternoon on the lake at Lake Ouachita State Park, and other ways to get outside and explore nature await you! Keep up with our nature events on our calendar, especially during October and November.
Fishing is fantastic throughout Hot Springs Village. Our lakes have been stocked with bass, catfish, sunfish crappie, walleye and other species. The fish population is monitored by the Hot Springs Village POA Lakes Management department and additional stockings are scheduled as needed. In addition to local Hot Springs Village rules and regulations, all U.S. and Arkansas fishing and boating regulations apply to Village lakes. An Arkansas fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age and older.
New to fishing? No problem. Our Outdoor Adventures Team hosts fishing seminars to teach you the basics like rod and reel selection, fishing line, knot tying and rigging various baits. The primary focus will be on baits and techniques that have proven successful catching bass, crappie and bream on Hot Springs Village lakes. We’re also planning a seminar on kayak fishing.
Fishing tournaments are popular with our more experienced anglers. Enter to win prizes and enjoy some lively competition! Keep up with our calendar and Digest to learn when fishing instructions and events are happening.
If you don’t have a boat you can rent one at DeSoto Marina on Lake DeSoto, one of our most popular fishing locations. More information below under Boat Rentals.
BOAT RENTALS: WAYPOINT AT DESOTO MARINA
DeSoto Marina offers boat rentals, marine fuel sales, artificial and live bait sales, and short-and-long-term rental of slips for Hot Springs Village members and Hot Springs Village guests. Boat rentals include one 20-foot party barge (no towing capability) and one 22-foot party barge (with towing capacity) at $98 for 2 hours, $176 for 4 hours, and $312 for 8 hours, plus tax. Party barge rentals include fuel.
Additionally, we offer single kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at $13 per hour, tandem kayaks and a pedal boat at $20 per hour. All rentals are day rentals (8 hours maximum) and all craft must be used on Lake DeSoto, leaving and returning to the marina by water (no vehicle transport is allowed). All rentals include personal floatation devices (life vests).
Waypoint at DeSoto Marina - 501-922-5511
KAYAKING & RIVER TRIPS
Join our Outdoor Adventures Team for kayaking trips on the Caddo River, Lake Catherine and other beautiful bodies of water in Arkansas. Our trips include kayaks, paddling gear and life jackets. We can also provide instruction so you’ll feel safe and confident.
Our Rock Porch Concert Series will keep you entertained at Grove Park in the heart of Hot Springs Village. Concerts are free! Bring your friends and lawn chairs and enjoy evenings listening to amazing music. Grove Park is located at 1105 DeSoto Blvd.
We are also planning music and entertainment at Waypoint at DeSoto Marina and our outdoor pool.
Family-friendly movies are shown at night at golf club parking lots. Pay one low price per vehicle, and get the traditional drive-in experience by tuning your car radio to the movie’s audio.