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Best kid friendly trails in Hot Springs National Park

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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.
Map of kid friendly trails in Hot Springs National Park
Park information
Acreage:
5,549 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
501-620-6715
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Goat Rock Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
From the overlook at North Mountain, take the short hike below the overlook and stay right, noting the novaculite stone bars placed to prevent erosion. Below the third switchback, the lower side of the trail opens to flowery glades that offer vistas of Indian Mountain and east Hot Springs. The trail becomes uneven and rocky here. After several hundred feet you will pass beneath huge novaculite boulders. Goat Rock Overlook is forty feet above you. A sign indicates the stairway to the overlook. Stone steps rise 240 nonvertical feet to the summit, which showcases a spectacular view of Indian Mountain.Show more
#2 - West Mountain Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h
Moderate inclines at times, but definitely a comfortable walk. The trail is wide and well-maintained.Show more
#3 - Hot Springs Mountain Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#4 - The Grand Promenade and Side Trails
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 33 m
#5 - Peak Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 46 m
#6 - Dead Chief Trail (Ortel Trail)
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#7 - Grand Promenade
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
This is a short leisurely paved walk in a very beautiful area at Hot Springs National Park. This route takes you behind the historic Bathhouse Row and then you'll continue around to the front of these historic buildings. There are interesting informational markers along the way. Accessibility: According to the park website, there is wheelchair ramp access to this trail from Fountain Street or behind Fordyce Bathhouse. The trail surface is paver stones and typically at least eight feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle with some moderately steep sections. The park website lists the average running grade as 3.7%. There are benches along the way for resting.Show more
#8 - Upper Dogwood Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
On this trail, you will pass through a dense old growth forest with trees over 200 years old! This is a good walk for the city and has shade unlike the nearby Goat Rock Trail. The average grade according to the park website is 4.8%, but it is not considered wheelchair or stroller friendly because there are estimated very steep sections up to 17% and there are rocks in the trail surface. The trail can also be quite narrow, only one or two feet across.Show more
#9 - Mountaintop Loop
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 46 m
#10 - Lower Dogwood Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 55 m