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.

hiking
11 days ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

on Goat Rock Trail

hiking
1 month 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
2 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
5 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.

hiking
5 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.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

Nice trail in the city.

9 months ago

nice trail full of butterflies!

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

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.

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

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