Centerpoint to Goat Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews
#1 of 19 trails in

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 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 1863 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
9 days ago

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.

12 days ago

The view is well worth the walk!

19 days ago

My favorite view in AR.

horseback riding
1 month ago

Awesome trail...... The view from goat bluff is wonderful

backpacking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

great

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome view!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

Stunning views, will make a second trip

camping
2 months ago

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