Centerpoint to Goat Trail

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Centerpoint to Goat Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ponca, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

fishing

hiking

rock climbing

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

rocky

scramble

no dogs

The trail's destination is the Big Bluff overlooking the Buffalo River. It is considered the tallest along the Buffalo, over 500 ft. tall. The side trail that leads to an outcropping on the bluff is called the Goat Trail, about 350 ft. tall, It is not for kids, the weak or those afraid of heights. The trail is virtually all down hill on the way to the Bluff and the side trail called the goat trail. Consequently plan extra time on the hike out as its all uphill. The goat trail segment takes you over a narrow out cropping on the bluff about 350 ft. tall. It is not for kids, the weak or those afraid of heights. A very scenic look over the Buffalo River valley, but exercise extreme caution, as people have died falling of the goat trail. Their are several connector trails in the Buffalo River Valley. You could spend a week in the area. Very scenic.

hiking
2 days ago

like the reviews said, real easy going in, but man, coming out is a little harder. Somehow though, I managed to take about the same time going in and coming out, probably because I was stopping to take pics on the way in.

Coming out is rough only in a couple spots where there is just a long incline. And watch your step, most of the trail has rocks and a decent part had flowing water around them.

Total it took me about 4 hours, I spent about an hour laying in my hammock a little past the end of the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

bring lots of water.
we had a great time a group of 11 of us. wow what views.

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hiking
8 days ago

It was a pretty tough hike back out, but well worth it. Gorgeous views.

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hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Pretty easy hike down to the bluffs. The views are amazing. If you're backpacking, there are 3 or 4 campsites I found if you keep walking along the bluff. I chose to hike down another couple of miles to Jim's Bluff and chill by the river. Definitely adds to the hike back up since it's all the way back up the hill.

hiking
1 month ago

I thought the view was amazing. Pretty boring trail to get to the goat trail. It's a gradual decline the entire way so watch out on way back...it's not easy. Take a trekking pole to help when on the goat trail and don't be an idiot. It is very dangerous!

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backpacking
1 month ago

Simply spectacular!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely one of my favorite trails in Arkansas. It's fairly easy though the way up can be somewhat difficult. It's a view you can't experience anywhere else.

hiking
1 month ago

A worthy hike. It starts off through the woods, somewhat boring/uneventful, but then you get to the bluff and all of a sudden the trees open up and the view will take your breath away! Will definitely be back.

1 month ago

no picture can capture how great the view is!