Goat Rock Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Goat Rock Trail is a 1.7 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
334 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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1 month ago

I took part of this trail as a shoot off from Gulpha Gorge. I only went as far as the overlook and then then turned around to catch the Gulpha back to the campground. Probably should have kept going to complete it but was tired from the day. From the half I did complete, I really enjoyed this trail. At some point would like to complete in full.

3 months ago

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

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9 months ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

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11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

My favorite trail in hot springs.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Well worth the hike...

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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!!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

nice trail full of butterflies!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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

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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.

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