Gulpha Gorge Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Park at the amphitheater parking area in Gulpha Gorge Campground. The trailhead is across Gulpha Creek at the end of the stepping stones; take the left trail. The first half of this trail is steep. To our right, Gulpha Gorge Trail winds up the mountain to meet Hot Springs Mountain Trail and Goat Rock Trail.
Beautiful views. Steep climb all the way up, then turn around and decend. Follow the pink trail markers. Other trails intersect with this one.
I started at the campground and went up to the shelter located at the top of the trail. From there, I hiked the Mountain Top trail down to tower overlook, then down the short cut trail where it connects with the Dead Chief Trail. Returned on Dead Chief to where it connects back with the Gulpha Gorge trail and then down to the campground. Steep at first but then a nice and easy loop.