Centerpoint to Goat Trail

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Centerpoint to Goat Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ponca, AR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles 1864 feet Out & Back

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The trail's destination is the Big Bluff overlooking the Buffalo River. It is considered the tallest along the Buffalo, over 500 ft. tall. The side trail that leads to an outcropping on the bluffis called the Goat Trail, about 350 ft. tall, It is not for kids, the weak or those afraid of heights. The trail is virtually all down hill on the way to the Bluff and the side trail called the goat trail. Consequently plann extra time on the hike out as its all uphill. The goat trail segment takes you over a narrow out cropping on the bluff about 350 ft. tall. It is not for kids, the weak or those afraid of heights. A very scenic look over the Buffalo River valley. people have died falling of the goat trail Their are several connector trails in the Buffalo River Valley. You could spend a week in the area. Very scenic.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely Amazing. Add this with Hawksbill Crag. Easy 1 day. Well worth it

6 days ago

This was an awesome trip! It's a lil rough getting out but so worth it!!! Kids not recommended on this trail.

6 days ago

great

hiking
6 days ago

This is one of the best views I've seen on a hike. The hike down is uneventful, but once you get to the goat trail, the hike is so exciting. This is a must do for anyone within a days drive!

hiking
8 days ago

The trail is well-traveled and, so, easy to find and follow. Coming back out is a good workout. It's all very much uphill. The views from Big Bluff are jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring.. you're going to need all of your best hyphenated words to describe this one!

I did a "choose-your-own-adventure" hike and went PAST the spur leading to the bluff, and on down to Granny Henderson's cabin, then on to Sneeds Creek and "Rocky Bottom." If you have the time (and the stamina - more elevation changes!) DO THIS. The cabin is just plain neat, and Sneed's Creek and the large, flat rock area (it's way better than I make it sound) are well worth the extra miles. You can piece together this hike from two described by Ernst in his Buffalo River book, or take a gander at the recording from me here. A basic idea of where you're going will get you there, though. Then head back the way you came, and check out the bluff on your way back.

THEN drive the 15 or so minutes further south to the Low Gap Cafe. The food is good, and the service is super-friendly.

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15 days ago

Very memorable scenery and well worth the time. Excellent payoff at the bluffs as far as views and unique rock formations.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome view!

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful! Loved the views from the bluff, the hike out was steep but well worth it.

hiking
23 days ago

Too freaking cool! I will definitely be making a return trip this coming spring. Wish I had more time to explore the area

backpacking
24 days ago

Stunning views, will make a second trip

camping
1 month ago

Beautiful place to hike. Just beware of that climb back up. Ha!

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I hiked in to the bluffs on the Centerpoint trail this morning. We are 58 and 62, and did just fine. It was cloudy, but the views were beautiful. We saw 2 bald eagles while there as well. Unfortunately it started to sprinkle as we headed out, and ended up raining the whole way back. It only took us a little over an hour to hike out. Of course with the rain, we didn't waste any time. It was great!

backpacking
1 month ago

I did this trail as a side stop on my way down to the Buffalo, and Granny's Cabin. The side trip out to the bluff was well worth the extra mileage. The trail can be very crowded, especially on the weekend. Lots of people, and lots of horses. The trail is very rough in spots, and even going downhill you must watch every step. I have been wanting to visit this bluff for a long time now. Well worth the trip. Wonderful views of the Buffalo river from the top, and across the valley below. The trail would only be dangerous for someone who is goofing off and playing around. If you pay attention to what you are doing, and aren't afraid of heights, you would be fine. Uphill climb the entire way out...

1 month ago

We didn't go all the way down to the river, but it was still a great hike down to the bluffs. The views were amazing.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Best views in Arkansas to me. I have done this one before and would do again next weekend. Downhill to the bluff, make sure to turn right when you get to the crossroad to the bluff. the signs aren't always visible. We opted to go straight all the way across the bluff, to the other side, and followed a trail down to the river below. Moderated climb out but worth the views of the creek from below. Coming out of the goat trail up the horse road is pretty tiring. Take your time and make it a challenge and just know the pics are so worth it.!

1 month ago

This is a pretty easy hike until the end. The scenery is okay the first 2 miles and then it starts to pick up on the goat trail. The ending was spectacular.