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