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The only National Park in an urban area, this smallest National Park is based around the natural hot springs that have been managed for public use. Bathhouse Row preserves 47 of these with many beneficial minerals.

I started my run at 7am at the midpoint of the trail. There was a small parking lot (needed to be cleaned up...lots of trash) There was another car in the parking lot but I never saw anyone on the trail. It was an overcast day in July. Lots of rocks which made running tricky. There were a few really nice strips that you could run without fear of tripping or twisting anything. Very glad I brought trail shoes. I’m a flatlander so the elevation had me reduced to hiking a few times. Which is ok bc I was able to notice a turtle and a deer on the trail.

Beautiful! Very easy trail can access many other trails

A nice morning hike after biking too the trailhead through town.

hiking
10 days 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.

hiking
13 days ago

Short trail from the mountain down to the gorge. Nice little hike. There is some runoff damage on the trail and it’s a little slippery due to the small rocky gravel on the trail.

hiking
18 days ago

hiked this trail along with mountain top, whittington, oak, and canyon, very nice trail, some ups and downs but the easiest walk of the set I did today, clean well used, pretty scenery

hiking
21 days ago

Eh, just ok. Hiked it because we were waiting for the hot springs to open and had some time to kill. Not a difficult hike and not much to see. The tower at the top lets you know you are ready to turn around.

Great easy to follow trail with a pretty look out point- great to add onto many other trails.

Beware of ticks!!!!!!! With a 40% Deet liberally applied, I removed 17 after this trail. Trail was clearly marked and lots of deer.

Pretty basic trail. Not scenic at all. Well shaded. Saw some wildlife (deer, armadillo, etc.) Well marked and fairly easy to follow.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, family friendly. Good elevation and nice scenic views.

walking
1 month ago

Might as well if you’re there, but nothing to write home about.

Little hillier than what I’d consider an “easy” trail. Could stand to be marked a little better when crossing the roads and trails.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Missy Tried to kill me on this trail today! lol the burn was good!
seen two beautiful bright Red Birds with Black underneath them.

Some steep parts of the trail make this a nice challenge to an easy trail

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
4 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!

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!

5 months ago

Definitely a good mountain trail for Arkansas. The trail is very clean and well kept by Hot Springs!

This trail is about 1.7 miles. Driving up to the mountain, you will head towards the tower (you will see this). Before you get to the tower, you will see a parking lot with bathrooms. Across the road from the bathrooms is where the trail starts. We had a hard time finding it, but once we found it, it is an extremely easy trail. You’ll cross over the road twice before you finish the trail. When the trail clears, there is a gazebo at the top of the hill with a big rock. Once you walk up to this (or you can drive to the gazebo once you finish the trail), you can see the lookout. Make sure to continue the trail after the gazebo, because it is a loop trail. It only took us about 30 minutes to complete the trail. You don’t actually see a hot spring during this hike. As you are driving down the mountain, there is a place where you can fill up your water bottles with cold water at the foot of the mountain on the right hand side.

hiking
5 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
6 months ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

hiking
6 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
7 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

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