Dead Chief Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Dead Chief Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Hot Springs: Start from behind the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center at the Grand Promenade.

1 month ago

Nice trail in the city.

2 months ago

nice trail. we just finished it with our kids of 6 and 8.

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2 months ago

7 months ago

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8 months ago

Prescribed burns going on have closed the dead chief trail and what I think is the peak trail(?). Other trails are likely closed too for a few day. Even if you could access these trails the air quality is not good. This town is rich in history and sights but I was really here for the hiking.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

If you start at the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center it is a rather steep climb up to where the Short Cut Trail ties into the Dead Chief Trail. From there, the Dead Chief is a nice easy hike to the Gulpha Gorge Trail. At that point you can either go down to the Gulpha Gorge Campground, up to the Mountain Top Trail, or turn around and head back to the visitor center. Nice hike on a well marked and up kept trail.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is rather steep, but it's really short and works well as a shortcut up to the observation tower at the peak. I'd use it again.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail was good, thought it would be a little more difficult. We're some very nice views from some ridges.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

walking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Great!

Saturday, September 05, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ok, but not labeled well.

hiking
Saturday, September 13, 2014