Centerpoint to Goat Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ponca, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
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 bluff is 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 plan 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, but exercise extreme caution, as 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.
One of my favorites in Arkansas! The trail back is all uphill so make sure you have a lot of water.
Great views of Buffalo River from Goat Trail - worth it! The hike out all up hill was payment.
Awesome views some of the best I have seen! Very tough back up exspecially with a heavy pack. Not the best back packing trail for some one new to backpacking! But great for a day hike! Can't wait to do it again!!!
The hike down is not to bad but the hike up is very strenuous. Make sure to take lots of water and breaks, it's definitely not for the faint at heart. The views are STUNNING! We did he entire loop and went down by the river and it was all around amazing and great exercise.
Stellar trail with some of the greatest views available along the bluff. Eas difficulty hike going in, moderate hike coming out. The path is marked well and easy to follow. Spend ample time at the bluffs before starting the hike back. This trail also converges along the trail to Hemmed in Hollow. Highly recommend.
This is a beautiful hike until you have to make your way back out. The climb out is tough if you are carrying a 40 lb pack for camping / hiking.
We went on to Granny's cabin and Sneeds Creek / Rocky Bottom. The additional hiking was so worth it. We were there in late Oct or early Nov and it was very dry. The rocky bottome area is impressive and I would love to go back when it is running with water. We got lost looking for Hemmed in Hollow and gave up after a couple hrs of going up the wrong way.
My only complaint is that there is very few areas to tent camp. It is a hillside most of the way and only a hammock would work. However, we found an awesome site down by the river and bluffs below goat trail overlook. Just not many good camp sites near the trail so we hiked nearly 10 miles in one day and just made it back to our vehicle.
I would go back at a different time of the year and consider a hammock and lighter pack.
Today, I have seen fit the first time why this was ranked #1 in the BNR area. Nice wood area from trailhead to Goat Trail/Big Bluff junction. From there, the scenery changes drastically - for the better! This is in the hallmark of Arkansas trails in my book.
The view is well worth the walk!
My favorite view in AR.
Awesome trail...... The view from goat bluff is wonderful
Love love love this trail and the others around it. One this is will point out is that it says dogs are aloud on leash but at the trail head there a marker that says differently. Still saw people with there dogs though.
Absolutely Amazing. Add this with Hawksbill Crag. Easy 1 day. Well worth it