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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.!
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.
The views were awesome!! The walk out was not, prepare to take lots of breaks.
It's a 3.5mi (mostly downhill) hike to the Goat Trail trailhead and then the Goat Trail goes about another mile. One of the most beautiful natural sights to see in Arkansas.
Fun trail. Views are spectacular along big bluff once you get there.
Hands down the best view from a lookout on a trail I've ever seen. The 2.5-3 miles to the goat trail is a pretty downhill rocky experience, but so worth the views. The way back is all uphill, but again, so worth it. Make sure you stay awhile and enjoy those views!
View was awesome definitely worth the hike, the walk down is fine if a bit rocky but the trek back up can get a bit tiring. Well worth it though
Great views of the Buffalo river!
Approach to Goat trail was all down hill from Ponca trailhead, sections of large stones litter pathway making for good chance to turn an ankle. Goat trail is a great hike with beautiful views, minor technical areas for beginners and those with young families. Would love to come back and spend an overnight trip.
Beautiful area, not nearly as strenuous as expecting (which was alright with me). Just watch your step, take your time, and wear good shoes. Amazing views and junipers.
The end result of this hike is arguably the most spectacular vista in AR!! Yes you hike down and then up as you hike out. As with most things in life, you have to work hard for what you get out of life! I do agree that the Big Bluff part of this hike is no place for smaller kids! You'll have to carry them on the trek up as well.
Hiked from center point trailhead seen the goat trail granny hendersons cabin, big bluff, sneads creek, and hemmed in hollow. Great hike! It was a hard hike but the views were well worth it. We backpacked in and made camp at sneads creek. Great campsite area. Will do again!
The views at the end are fantastic, but the hike back is largely uphill, so be prepared for a long hike up hill.
Came up to Goat Trail from the river. Breathtaking views of Buffalo River valley.
Would like to hike to it on the Centerpoint Trail.