I thought Hot Springs was in the Ozarks--but I was wrong. It's in the Zig Zag Mountains (don’t all mountains zig-zag?) on the eastern edge of the Ouachitas. I'd been there as a kid, and I remembered the fall colors, the twisty roads and the scary-tall metal observation tower.
It's been a very dry year, so scratch the fall colors. Leaves just dropped off the trees, or turned brown. The only red leaves were poison ivy.
The park service not only owns the springs and the woods, but also the section of downtown Hot Springs where Bathhouse Row is. They have a directive to maintain the park resources, and that includes the bathhouses. The Fordyce Bathhouse was restored and is now the Visitors Center.