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
12 days ago

I give it a 4 star for the area. It lacks super scenic views, but is still a very pretty hike with a variety of landscapes to see. It does have some pretty good climbs and this can be a challenge for those not in hiking shape, both from the distance and a handful of the climbs.

Be careful of ticks, both my dog and I picked up quite a few, likely due to some of the grassy areas you walk through.

I stopped here passing through on my way back to Colorado and thoroughly enjoyed the hike overall!

It is mostly well-marked, but I used this AllTrails recording because there are a few spots where it isn't very clear where you are supposed to go without it, and it isn't all "technically" the Sunset Trail. That ends somewhere around West Mountain Drive and then you pick up other trails from there back to the Gulpha Gorge Campground.

hiking
22 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

First 2/3 of the trail is great and well marked. It gets increasingly more confusing as you near the end. You will walk through downtown so be prepared for that... everyone looks at ya funny if ur sweaty, but it’s kinda a right of passage. Balanced rock (done on this recording) is easy to miss. The summit wasn’t that impressive, but worth the small additional hike. I didn’t do the goat overlook because

trail running
2 months ago

Coming from West Monroe Louisiana, this is as good as it gets in my book. About 4 hours from home, solid climbs, rocky descents, and the perfect distance to refuel back at the car for another loop. Well marked in most places but has a few trails that come together close to the Gorge, just adds a little variety!!
My favorite training spot so far when I can make the trip!

hiking
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.

hiking
4 months ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike in Hot Springs, Arkansas for Christmas 2015. Great hike, shady, and scenic! Hiked to the observatory at to the top of the mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful!! Especially in the fall!

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s short, but steep. From there I went to Goat Rock trail and enjoyed the view. I parked at the amphitheater at Gulpha Gorge campground. Will definitely come back to HotSprings when I have more time to do a longer loop. This was a stop off on my way back to Dallas. Definitely worth it

6 months ago

This is a very nice trail, and a long one at that.

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.

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.

Please remove mountain biking from use options. I rode here and got yelled at by some trail nazi.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
9 months ago

Wide and well shaded trail. Beautiful scenery. Steep at times but a very nice hike.

This trail allows you to start and finish at the same location. The official park trail map starts at Gulpha Gorge and finishes on West Mountain which means that you would have to park a car at the trailhead and the finish. This route simply starts and ends downtown using other hiking trails to connect the gap. This is a very long hike and you should set aside several hours to complete. My gps measured 13.13 miles. Parts of the trail are very steep and washed out. Take plenty of water, there are no water sources along the way. Plenty of deer to see along the way.

10 months ago

Well worth the hike...

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Tough initial incline but it levels off. Balanced Rock in a nice overlook. Beware of chiggers in Summer months.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent trail with a cool, refreshing creek at the bottom.

hiking
11 months ago

Although this is the longest and most difficult rated trek in the park, it proves that Hot Springs National Park isn't a hiker's delight. The scenery is pretty redundant with many signs of vandalism where the trail crosses over multiple roads. Do it if you're Jonesin for a hike, but you're better off enjoying the baths in town instead.

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.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

The trail is pretty steep the whole way but I in no way would rate it as difficult, it's super nicely groomed and very wide. Make sure you go onto the goat rock trail and go up to goat rock! (purple blazes) the view is totally worth it!

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