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.

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

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29 days 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

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1 month 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.

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3 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.

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4 months ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

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5 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.

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7 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.

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9 months ago

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.

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.

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9 months ago

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.

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

10 months ago

Well worth the hike...

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.

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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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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From a location standpoint this trail may appear isolated and tied to the tourist oriented lookout tower above downtown Hot Springs. In fact, the hidden trail is very hiker accessible and removed from the crowds, is wooded with mature trees and a cool shaded walk especially using interconnecting trails. We hiked up to it on the northeast side before 11am via the Goat Rock trail [moderate trail with great wooded mountain vistas looking eastward] starting from the Gulpha Springs National Park campground below which itself is situated in a lovely mountain stream gorge. By noon last summer we rounded North Mountain into the afternoon shade of large mixed pine and hardwoods. We descended into the back pool area of Arlington hotel for a late lunch at a local cafe downtown and, then, returning via the shaded Promenade [dashed line] above Bathouse Row, and the lower mtn base trail [ Dead Chief Trail] returning to the Gorge Rd. campground. Except for our brief excursion down to the city center it was all wooded, secluded and traffic free. Despite the scenic mountain drive nearby we did not cross the path cars, or encounter traffic, i.e. see cars and tourists. The trails on this mountain are wonderful way to experience the best of the Hot Springs environment including the springs off the Promenade just walking. We encountered less than a half dozen people on a summer weekday morning on the mountain. Click the other trails overlay on the map to get the connecting trails not show here.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

This is an easy and quick trail if you're short on time.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

This is a good trail, easy to follow and well marked. I would not consider it to be easy at all. Moderate is more like it. All in all it's a good trail.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Prescribed burns going on have closed the dead chief trail and what I think is the peak trail(?). Other trails are likely closed too for a few day. Even if you could access these trails the air quality is not good. This town is rich in history and sights but I was really here for the hiking.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

I started at the shelter located at the top of the Gulpha Gorge Trail. Short hike (.2) to Goat Rock trailhead. A little steep heading to the steps going up to the Goat Rock overlook. Very beautiful views from the man made platform. Trail continues to switchback a little to reach the ridge line. I ended the hike at the other overlook parking lot and walked back down the road to my truck.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

If you start at the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center it is a rather steep climb up to where the Short Cut Trail ties into the Dead Chief Trail. From there, the Dead Chief is a nice easy hike to the Gulpha Gorge Trail. At that point you can either go down to the Gulpha Gorge Campground, up to the Mountain Top Trail, or turn around and head back to the visitor center. Nice hike on a well marked and up kept trail.

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