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The only National Park in an urban area, this smallest National Park is based around the natural hot springs that have been managed for public use. Bathhouse Row preserves 47 of these with many beneficial minerals.

Expect more views. Not a hard walk.

Nice easy trail. Good for everyone. There is a spring that cascades down a small bluff.

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13 days ago

Great trail. Easy to follow. But there are no
good views.

Did it with my 4 year old and 18 month old on my back, challenging, but totally doable!

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20 days ago

Trail map was different than actual trail. Just a simple walk. no views.

Nice easy trail. Beautiful large trees.

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23 days ago

Fun easy hike for the family!

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24 days ago

Only things taking away from our journey were a lack of views and a lack of guidance. There are areas in the Southeast portion of the trail where various other trails overlap and if you're not careful you can easily lose your way. We made a wrong turn that added about a mile to our trek but were able to correct ourselves in downtown Hot Springs. Mentally a great accomplishment to complete this trail.

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1 month ago

Super nice hike from bathhouse row up to sunset trail and back. Very peaceful once you are on the opposite ridge...no more city noise. Some fantastic grades...nice and long too! Could get in some nice running on some sections. Lunched perched on Balance Rock...clear and bright sky, perfect temp, nice wind.....very cathartic. It’s a great way to spend a relaxing day on the trail and be back to the hotel for dinner!

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1 month ago

Great trail! Very well marked, wear stable shoes to prevent ankle rolls.

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1 month ago

This is a quick, easy hike. The trail is wide and easy to navigate, toward the end the trail becomes more rocky and can be difficult for some. Overall, it's worth the hike and offers a pleasant view of the city.

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1 month ago

It was definitely a moderate trail (return is mostly uphill) that anyone with basic fitness could do! A beautiful lookout atop of Goat Rock for a little snack before heading back up.

Really good hike! Balance Rock was worth the walk!

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1 month ago

Great trail with big cliff and good views.

Very steep hike from downtown but there are some nice views on the way to Gulpha Gorge.

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1 month ago

Nice hike from Gulpha Gorge Campground. Connects to a few other trails. It is not called Dead Chief on the signs.

Great view, continued onto other trails

2 months ago

It’s very short and easy hiking!

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2 months ago

Great trail with some climbing and views. Great park to visit and dogs allowed.

Great walkway in the park/trees and can view town. Dogs allowed. Paved, Easy, and wide path.

This was a great trail and we accomplished it in 5 hours. Definitely needs a crosswalk at the intersection of park ave and highway 7

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2 months ago

Great trail for a quick afternoon hike! Well-maintained, wildlife and managed to see leaves before all had fallen.

Great view

Nice afternoon walk

A few steep parts on the way down, but easy trail. Great view from the top of the mountain.

Lovely, moderate hike. Well marked trails and beautiful scenery.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Great area!

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2 months ago

There’s nothing particularly special about this trail, but it is a decent trail. The coolest and most unique thing to me was that this trail goes through town and then back into the woods. This trail is way more about the challenging terrain and distance than anything else. We felt highly accomplished that we completed a trail of this distance and it was certainly exhausting. The trail is very rocky in many parts so it can slow progress. There are also many steep climbs. This combined with the distance is what rightfully gives it a ‘hard’ rating. Be sure to have plenty of water, good footwear, and a compass. The trail is mostly easy to follow, but there were a few spots where the trail wasn’t marked properly and we had to check the map/compass to make sure we were going in the right direction. Overall, there are probably more scenic trails in AR, but this one was also conveniently close to town and our camp.

If you're going to balanced rock from the Blacksnake road parking lot, be sure to begin your hike heading North. The Sunset Trail passes through this parking area so you want to make sure you choose the right direction if you're taking this shortcut. This part of the trail is across the street from the parking area

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3 months ago

Very pretty trail! We stopped here while on the way to garvan gardens. We only walked 1.5 miles but it’s a very pretty scenic route. A nice creek and some pretty rocks. Great place to stretch our legs.

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