Looking for a great trail in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Hot Springs National Park ranging from 1.2 to 7.1 miles and from 538 to 1,407 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
4 days ago

Very nice trail with a decent moderate challenge. Went from the top down to the creek and spent a few hours letting kids swim.

hiking
8 days ago

My favorite trail in the National Park. From the parking lot, head back toward the mountain tower and you will immediately see the trailhead. The trail will “Y” shortly after you start. Go to the right and you’re on the trail. There are many nice scenic views along the way. The trail takes several switchbacks as you make your way to the “Goat Rock” overlook. The terrains is pretty rocky in spots along the way. There are some rock formations you can easily climb as well. Once you reach the overlook the trail goes .2 mile and ends in the Gulpha Gorge Trail. If you want to extend your hike you can continue or backtrack and take the Lower Dogwood Trail that you saw at the “Y” in the beginning.

hiking
9 days ago

Easy trail, a bit slippery after a little rain. Very green, forested area, watch out for spider webs and snakes across the trail. Muggy weather conditions make you sweat for sure! (I suggest wearing contacts so your glasses don’t fog up, this was incredibly frustrating). Really neat view at the top, worth the hike up!

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

Plenty of ticks on this trail. A couple of areas had steep climbs on loose rocks, but not too difficult. Some cutout areas would be nice, so the views could be enjoyed. The trail markers are hard to see sometimes and starting out on Central Ave can be a little confusing as the trail isn’t easily identified. Great trail for a long walk.

hiking
no shade
17 days ago

Nice stroll behind bathhouse row. Not much shade, very hot in the summer time. Different perspective of downtown Hot Springs, and away from all the hustle and bustle of Central Ave.

hiking
bugs
18 days ago

We were walking the Grand Promenade and stumbled across this trail. It branches off into different routes, all of them taking you to the peak where the observatory is. I’m totally out of shape and did this with some effort, but finished it going up and down. Lots of wildflowers and small critters. We did get a couple of ticks, though. Not too many views, but a great view from the top. You can pay to go up the observatory, or there’s a free observation deck. Will do again if we are ever out that way.

loved this trail. the views close to the hot springs tower are really beautiful. well worth the time it took to find the trail.

walking
26 days ago

This is more of a short leizurely walk in a very beautiful area at Hot Springs National Park. This trail takes you behind the historic Bathouse Row and then you'll continue around to the front of these historic buildings. We went into most of the bathhouses and found only two are actually still being used for their original purpose. The other buildings are now being used as a brewery/restaurant, museums, and Park visitor center/building. The other side of the main street on Bathouse Row has a variety of shops, restaurants, and other local attractions. This "hike" is not challenging but I would definitely return to the area again and enjoy the amenities.

This is a very beautiful & historical area. Hot Springs National Park is amazing & Bathhouse Row was kinda cool. We went into each bathhouse and enjoyed reading about the history. I believe there are only two working bathouses now and the other ones were museums, a brewery restaurant, and Park building. Although the hike was not challenging, the area was well worth our time and I would definitely come back to the area.....I'll just wait until the weather is cooler though!

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful area in the Hot Srpings National Park. We first walked up the tower and enjoyed the views. The trail actually starts directly behind the tower and immediatley leads into the woods descending down quickly towards the Promenade Trail. After enjoying Bathhouse Row, i returned back to the trail. The quick hike up was just as beautiful but very hot in the late June summer heat. Enjoy the National Park, it's a good one!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike on West Mountain. there is plenty of shade, but there are enough openings for a breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

Short sweet trail up to the mountain tower at Hot Springs. Steep at portions but the trail is well maintained and a lot of shade coverage

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Trail is very challenging and hard on the feet due to trails are heavily covered in rocks. Difficult to follow where to pick it up when you cross downtown. All in all, very good hick bit would have liked to have more our cropping to see view.

hiking
1 month ago

14 mile loop.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail. It is basically just a walk in the park. How it got its rating is a mystery to me. It is so easy that all but the couple of climbs are runable. I ran it counter clockwise from the national camp ground it seemed easier to follow that direction. A few bothersome sections and I picked up a couple of ticks. I was told that it was a bad year for ticks. Probably my fault for going into the grass to take some pictures. I refilled my water in the free community spring water station leaving town. That made it easy so I only needed to carry my one bottle. The locals still seem to run it clockwise, or at least I was never passed, nor did I catch anyone going counter clockwise.

hiking
1 month ago

We walked up and down after dinner. Good way to work off those margarita calories!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is rated as easy, but not sure what that is defined as because this trail is pretty steep and makes you break a sweat. Definitely wouldn’t be easy for my elderly parents. Nothing special, just a quick hike to the mountain tower. No benches along the trail, small gift shop, picnic tables and mountain tower at top.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty steep trail that takes you to the top of the mountain to the Mountain Tower in Hot Springs National Park. Park map says it is a 12% grade. View is great at the top.

Easy and fairly flat. The trail takes you around the top of the mountain where the Mountain Tower is located. Not many scenic outlooks, lots of trees.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Lots of steep hills, not great views, and a lot of things aren’t marked, but pretty good in general. I didn’t see anyone else on the trails at all.

trail running
off trail
1 month ago

We hiked with our 7,6,3,3 aged kids. we all loved it and spent some time at the gift shop at the top.

Nice easy trail, very green and not much elevation change . Not many people out. Trail was a bit wet but not muddy. Found a tick crawling on our dog even though we stayed on the path.

hiking
2 months ago

Accessed this trail via Whittington Trail. I ended up adding to my hike to take in the views and am glad I did- 4 miles, total. Moderate inclines at times, but definitely a comfortable walk. The trail is wide and well-maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Peaceful hike. Path is well-maintained and easy to traverse (not very steep). Highly recommend you detour to goat rock to take in the breathtaking view!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is inclined the entire way in. Although the under growth is beautiful they nearly completely limit any views. The vista is anticlimactic as it ends at a crossroad and a shelter.

has some really steep grades, but great views. I recommend.

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