Explore the most popular hiking trails in Hot Springs National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 hours 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.

hiking
28 days 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.

Very basic. Quick half mile, but quite a few spider webs you run in to — look out!

Beautiful hike.
There are very view over looking points.
Several deer

Nice trail.
This is part of the sunset trail

This trail brings you back into downtown after completing the sunset trail.

Great trail!
Start early.

hiking
1 month ago

Basic trail through the woods, not much different than the others on the mountain but I enjoyed it. Mostly flat and good footing, well shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail and as others have noted, its main purpose is to get you to the tower. I found it fairly steep and a good way to get the blood moving.

hiking
1 month ago

I liked this trail, lots of curving around to follow the mountain. I picked it up at where the short cut trail meets it about .3 mile up from the bathhouse row. Nice trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail today just as others have stated by combining the Oak, Canyon and small part of Sunset. All in all I ended up with 4 miles with all of those add ins. This has been my most enjoyable hike so far in Hot Springs. Trails were wide, easy to follow and good footing for the most part.

hiking
1 month ago

I took part of this trail as a shoot off from Gulpha Gorge. I only went as far as the overlook and then then turned around to catch the Gulpha back to the campground. Probably should have kept going to complete it but was tired from the day. From the half I did complete, I really enjoyed this trail. At some point would like to complete in full.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a decent, challenging uphill trail. I was a bit disappointed that the "end" of the trail is nothing more than a turn around point at a road. I found the first half of the trail fairly challenging as it winds uphill. After turning around at the top, I took the Goat Rock trail shoot off to extend the hike. The campground and creek are great, nice place to cool your feet off after a long day.

great for the legs!!

Nice walk by the heart of Hot Springs

Nice leg workout! Steep hike that is short and challenging.

what other trail has a great brewery in the middle of it?? and if you dont drink you can hit up the bathhouse for a massage.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this trail many times good work out for the legs

I started my run at 7am at the midpoint of the trail. There was a small parking lot (needed to be cleaned up...lots of trash) There was another car in the parking lot but I never saw anyone on the trail. It was an overcast day in July. Lots of rocks which made running tricky. There were a few really nice strips that you could run without fear of tripping or twisting anything. Very glad I brought trail shoes. I’m a flatlander so the elevation had me reduced to hiking a few times. Which is ok bc I was able to notice a turtle and a deer on the trail.

Beautiful! Very easy trail can access many other trails

3 months ago

A nice morning hike after biking too the trailhead through town.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult trail, tons of steep climbing and switchbacks. No really pretty scenic views, but the trail itself is pretty.

For our first hike at a national park we did well. It was nice to be on West Mountain and in nature. A good workout after all of the food we ate in Hot Springs! Just a little over 2 miles and one hour.

hiking
3 months ago

Short trail from the mountain down to the gorge. Nice little hike. There is some runoff damage on the trail and it’s a little slippery due to the small rocky gravel on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiked this trail along with mountain top, whittington, oak, and canyon, very nice trail, some ups and downs but the easiest walk of the set I did today, clean well used, pretty scenery

hiking
3 months ago

Eh, just ok. Hiked it because we were waiting for the hot springs to open and had some time to kill. Not a difficult hike and not much to see. The tower at the top lets you know you are ready to turn around.

3 months ago

Great easy to follow trail with a pretty look out point- great to add onto many other trails.

Beware of ticks!!!!!!! With a 40% Deet liberally applied, I removed 17 after this trail. Trail was clearly marked and lots of deer.

Pretty basic trail. Not scenic at all. Well shaded. Saw some wildlife (deer, armadillo, etc.) Well marked and fairly easy to follow.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, family friendly. Good elevation and nice scenic views.

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