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Goat Rock Trail is a 2.4 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.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 380 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Road biking Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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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.

Pull off parking at viewpoint.

Hot Springs National Park 369 Central Avenue Hot Springs AR 71901 501-620-6715

Follow Hot Springs Mountain Drive, then take the North Mountain loop and you'll pass the trailhead immediately before a parking area.

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Kendall Thornton
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Views were beautiful in some places. Hiked with 5 kids age 5-2 and everyone was able to manage in the terrain. Nice mixed of shaded area and open! Nothing spectacular but still nice.

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John Frost
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Great trail. Probably the best I did while in hot springs

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mjunc84 .
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Super easy but a great warmup for harder hikes!

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Nika Chopra
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Great easy trail, a little confusing at starting and ending but overall peaceful!

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Hope Smith
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Quiet trail, and not too strenuous. Hooked onto the Gulpha Gorge trail which made for a nice out and back.

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Denis Akhiyarov
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Great trail for family pictures

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Jeremy Papuga
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Nice views. Lots of cute lizards.

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Shlomo Siegelman
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Hike was pretty boring to a slightly above average view point. This park isn't known for hiking and now I know why...

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Lauren Baker
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I agree the view isn’t necessarily worth it. I expected a bit more from a national park. It has two look outs. One at the top on rocks and the other you so close to the top with the stairs. I would have probably chosen a different trail to do here had this one not had such good reviews.

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Katie Wiesehan
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The top has some really good views!

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Michael Perry
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Trail is ok. View is almost as good from the parking area. Easy climb both ways.

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Megan Haywood
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Honestly confused at what we were looking for here. Maybe we just parked at the only overlook, but we also saw signs for Gulpha Gorge trail and they appeared to be the same trail. I’m not sure. Saw a couple of deer and a chipmunk, so that was cool. My sister found a tick on her afterward, and she had long pants, so beware. Then later one under her tank top, so check yourselves!

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Kaylyn Johnson
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The view at goat trail lookout is amazing!

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Paul Nicol
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Great trail! We almost missed at trail head as it’s below the parking area to the right and could use a sign. Trail was not steep and great for kids of all ages. During our hike spring wildflowers were in full bloom. Several small springs were flowing along the trail but it wasn’t overly muddy or messy given the amount of rock. The overlook is up a short flight of steps and well worth the hike. Commanding views of the surrounding area and nice spot for family photos.

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Dana Bates
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Good trail. Beautiful at goat rock lookout. Lots of ticks though.

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Vien Phan
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HikingMuddy

Great trail. We spotted a few deers along the way.

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Amanda Smith
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We had a great time on this trail, we extended by going over to the dogwood trail and did a little loop type thing to get back to our car. It was a very nicely marked and fairly easy hike. It wasn’t crowded either but we got there really early. One of my favorite trails.

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Don Schuy
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I enjoyed this trail a lot although it was fairly short. There are an abundance of other trails to make up for it. The trail is moderately forested, shaded, and well marked though. I was surprised at how beautiful the view was from the steps along the trail (don’t walk by it, it’s not marked at all). I think it’s way nicer than the drive-up view at the top. The only negative about the trail is the amount of truck noise, which was somewhat loud and nearly constant. I went on a Friday and saw no one else on the trail. How often can you say you had an entire National Park to yourself, even if it was a little noisy? That makes this a rare gem and I highly recommend it.

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Jamie Rachek
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Karen Evans
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Great trail. Well marked and easy to follow once you figure out where to start. Park in the area this app takes you to, and then go down to the right end of the parking area. It is clearly a path, just no sign. Absolutely beautiful! We saw lots of wildlife, including lizards, skinks, chipmunks, birds, and 2 deer.

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Allicyn Willix
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We didn’t turn back and go back the way we came. We kept going and went up Gulpha Gorge Trail to North Mountain Loop Rd.

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Shanna Lewter
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Good decent trail! Rocky in some areas - but easily manageable!

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Paul Wilson
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Shiro JK
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Good trail. We cut across after the goat rock and that was fun

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Sarah Lankford
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Great trail.

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Shane Hall
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We walked this in the rain. Was still a decent view from top. Thought I saw an eagle and a Deer.

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Ken Reeves
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Melissia Nelson
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This was a great trail! The views from Goat Rock summit are so worth it

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Emma Gross
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Love, Love, Love this trail! I had a great time! I love this trail system and how it is very customizable depending on how long or short you want your hike to be. I did see a Tick on my dog, though.

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