Explore the most popular wildlife 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 month ago

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

Beautiful views along the trail. The trail can get a little confusing a one point due to the lack of markings, but overall marked well. Many good hills!

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

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

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.

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

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

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!!

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Very nice trail that is marked well except when other trails intersect. Definitely worth it though!

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!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

nice trail full of butterflies!

walking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This will take out to balanced rock. It's been 2 years since I been here but it is a good hike. It's not for someone's first hike.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Hard hike! Beautiful view!

on Gulpha Gorge Trail

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Beautiful views. Steep climb all the way up, then turn around and decend. Follow the pink trail markers. Other trails intersect with this one.

hiking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

This is a good trail, easy to follow and well marked. I would not consider it to be easy at all. Moderate is more like it. All in all it's a good trail.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

I started at the shelter located at the top of the Gulpha Gorge Trail. Short hike (.2) to Goat Rock trailhead. A little steep heading to the steps going up to the Goat Rock overlook. Very beautiful views from the man made platform. Trail continues to switchback a little to reach the ridge line. I ended the hike at the other overlook parking lot and walked back down the road to my truck.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

I started at the campground and went up to the shelter located at the top of the trail. From there, I hiked the Mountain Top trail down to tower overlook, then down the short cut trail where it connects with the Dead Chief Trail. Returned on Dead Chief to where it connects back with the Gulpha Gorge trail and then down to the campground. Steep at first but then a nice and easy loop.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

More like moderate. There are some tough switch backs that don't show up on this map.

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