Explore the most popular nature trips 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
1 day ago

It was definitely a moderate trail (return is mostly uphill) that anyone with basic fitness could do! A beautiful lookout atop of Goat Rock for a little snack before heading back up.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail with big cliff and good views.

Very steep hike from downtown but there are some nice views on the way to Gulpha Gorge.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice hike from Gulpha Gorge Campground. Connects to a few other trails. It is not called Dead Chief on the signs.

Great view, continued onto other trails

22 days ago

It’s very short and easy hiking!

Great walkway in the park/trees and can view town. Dogs allowed. Paved, Easy, and wide path.

This was a great trail and we accomplished it in 5 hours. Definitely needs a crosswalk at the intersection of park ave and highway 7

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a quick afternoon hike! Well-maintained, wildlife and managed to see leaves before all had fallen.

Great view

Nice afternoon walk

Lovely, moderate hike. Well marked trails and beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Great area!

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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

Great trail!
Start early.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Beautiful! Very easy trail can access many other trails

hiking
5 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.

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