Welcome to Garland County
Garland County, in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, is a special place to both the residents who make their homes here and also to the thousands of people who choose to visit the many county attractions each year. Garland County and its county seat, Hot Springs, share a rich and colorful history. Due to the scenic beauty of the area and the 47 natural hot springs along the base of Hot Springs Mountain, President Andrew Jackson in 1832, set aside land for the enjoyment of future generations and designated Hot Springs the first Federal Reservation. This designation made Hot Springs National Park America’s first area nationwide to be set aside for protection by the federal government and the only national park within a city. Garland County itself was formed in 1873 and named for Augustus H. Garland, Governor of Arkansas, U.S. Senator, and President Grover Cleveland’s Attorney General. The county and Hot Springs were historically a favorite vacation destination for both the famous and the somewhat infamous.
Garland County offers many rich and varied assets and attractions for residents and visitors alike. Our economy is diverse with strong support from tourism, health care, retirement location industries, and manufacturing. The county’s natural beauty, scenic lakes including Lake Ouachita, the state’s largest manmade lake, and a host of recreational, cultural, and historical activities makes Hot Springs and Garland County a popular destination.
Whether you are looking for a place to call home or a relaxing, enjoyable vacation area, we invite you to come and see firsthand the attractions that Garland County offers. This is a wonderful place to live, work, raise families, and play. Please know that a cordial invitation always awaits you.
As Garland County Judge, I take pride in the uniqueness of the County, its residents, and its many attractions. Thank you for visiting the Garland County website and please feel free to contact me or my office staff for comments, information, or questions.
Garland County Judge