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Best wildlife trails in Hot Springs National Park

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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.
Map of wildlife 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 (11)
#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 - West Mountain via Sunset Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
#6 - Hot Springs Sunset Trail Full Circle
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 6 h 40 m
This trail takes you through some mountainous areas and expect a good amount of climbing over short distances. Please be aware that there may not be too many markers on the trail and some are missing, broken or "annotated" by other visitors. Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Upper Dogwood Trail
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
On this trail, you will pass through a dense old growth forest with trees over 200 years old! This is a good walk for the city and has shade unlike the nearby Goat Rock Trail. The average grade according to the park website is 4.8%, but it is not considered wheelchair or stroller friendly because there are estimated very steep sections up to 17% and there are rocks in the trail surface. The trail can also be quite narrow, only one or two feet across.Show more
#9 - Hot Springs Mountain Scenic Drive
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi
Hot Springs Mountain Drive begins at the end of Fountain Street which is off Central Avenue downtown. Built as a carriage road in the 1880s, it has switchbacks that will take you to the top to a picnic area, the Pagoda overlook, and the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. You can continue on to North Mountain Loop and then back down to Fountain Street.Show more
#10 - Mountaintop Loop
Hot Springs National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 46 m
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