Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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
1 month 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

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.

walking
2 months ago

Might as well if you’re there, but nothing to write home about.

Little hillier than what I’d consider an “easy” trail. Could stand to be marked a little better when crossing the roads and trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful Area. Easy trail. No spectacular overlooks, but still a very beautiful trail.

Some steep parts of the trail make this a nice challenge to an easy trail

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked, pretty simple. There are absolutely no hot springs on this trail.

This trail is about 1.7 miles. Driving up to the mountain, you will head towards the tower (you will see this). Before you get to the tower, you will see a parking lot with bathrooms. Across the road from the bathrooms is where the trail starts. We had a hard time finding it, but once we found it, it is an extremely easy trail. You’ll cross over the road twice before you finish the trail. When the trail clears, there is a gazebo at the top of the hill with a big rock. Once you walk up to this (or you can drive to the gazebo once you finish the trail), you can see the lookout. Make sure to continue the trail after the gazebo, because it is a loop trail. It only took us about 30 minutes to complete the trail. You don’t actually see a hot spring during this hike. As you are driving down the mountain, there is a place where you can fill up your water bottles with cold water at the foot of the mountain on the right hand side.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for a quick 45 minute hike with good views of the city. Easily accessible and worth your time. Some light elevation will get your heart rate up enough to consider it a good workout.

hiking
7 months ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike that I always like to travel. It's a good incline that doesn't seem too strenuous, and the views as you're getting to the top of the mountain are beautiful. I usually detour onto this trail from Hot Springs Mountain trail to add a little more to my hike.

A great easy, well-kept trail. A tiny bit of it was closed, but that part was easy to get around .

My GF and I did this trail after having a light meal in town. offers a great view of the city.

My favorite trail in hot springs.

hiking
9 months ago

Great start beautiful Arkansas. Ends in town so last part car noises etc. Great hike!

The part of the trail I walked on was pretty. But all the traffic noise rose up from the town. I think there are quieter hikes in Audubon Park and City Park in New Orleans. Second I didn't finish the hike because the signs confused me. I was probably just confusing myself, so that might not be a problem for anyone else.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

From the campground it was a moderate climb up to Goat Rock Trail overlook. Beautiful view & easy walk back down. Not too bad for senior citizens.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

I loved this trail, you have awesome views of the city and beautiful scenery to walk through. We hiked it with four kids aged 5-15 and they all had a great time. Some of the signs were spray painted black so you couldn't see the trail markers but common sense is all you need. It took us about an hour with a few breaks on the benchs the park had throughout the trail.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great hike with beautiful views. The trail gets rocky underfoot about halfway through and the loose quartz is really cool. Hike up to the top of Goat Rock. It's safe and a very short climb. There isn't a lot of shade on this trail but after Goat Rock, you can quickly turn onto Gulpha Gorge Trail which almost entirely shaded and much wider.

walking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Nice loop with little traffic. Shaded well in the forest and mostly flat. This would be a good family hike.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Well worth the hike...

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Loops around the southern summit of Hot Springs Mountain. There are occasional nice views, but the summit road stays near the trail for most of its distance. A good family hike if you are visiting the national park.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Really sweet hike with awesome views. It intersects with several other trails in the area. Definitely coming back to this national park!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Nice trail in the city.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

nice trail full of butterflies!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

nice trail. we just finished it with our kids of 6 and 8.

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