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Best walking trails in Hot Springs National Park

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Explore the most popular walking 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 walking 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 (13)
#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 - Gulpha Gorge Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 45 m
Park at the amphitheater parking area in Gulpha Gorge Campground. The trailhead is across Gulpha Creek at the end of the stepping stones; take the left trail. The first half of this trail is steep. To our right, Gulpha Gorge Trail winds up the mountain to meet Hot Springs Mountain Trail and Goat Rock Trail.Show more
#4 - Goat Rock via Dead Chief Trail (Gulpha Gorge Trail)
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 43 m
#5 - Hot Springs Mountain Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#6 - The Grand Promenade and Side Trails
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 33 m
#7 - Peak Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 46 m
#8 - Dead Chief Trail (Ortel Trail)
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#9 - 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
#10 - Sugarloaf Mountain Via Sunset Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
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