The town of Eureka Springs was founded on the healing benefits of its cold spring waters.
Eureka Springs is an experience that can best be appreciated on a leisurely walk around town. The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to explore our city and its charming neighborhoods on a walking tour of our many parks and spring gardens.
The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has jurisdiction over and maintains more than 1800 acres with 19 springs and parks in Eureka Springs out of at least 121 known springs and seeps located in the area. The town of Eureka Springs was founded on the healing benefits of its spring waters. In the late 1800s, settlers to the area discovered that the spring waters held extolled healing properties. As people came from far and wide to "take of the waters," a city was born. On July 4th, 1879, the town was officially named Eureka Springs, meaning, "I found it!" Eureka Springs grew to a population of upwards o 20,000 people. Railroads, trolley cars, and horse-drawn carriages carried visitors to over 60 springs around town to cure their ills.
In 1981, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission was created to maintain the city-owned spring reservations and parks. These dedicated volunteers began to restore the historic springs. With the addition of the 1610 acre Lake Leatherwood City Park, our municipal park system is among the largest in the nation.
Please see links for individual springs and parks.