Centerpoint to Goat Trail

MODERATE 281 reviews
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Centerpoint to Goat Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ponca, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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
1076 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

fishing

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

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.

backpacking
1 hour ago

Amazing

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike with a stunning bluff view at the end of the trail!

16 days ago

16 days ago

The views were spectacular! Even with the bare trees this time of year the scenery was breathtaking.

hiking
17 days ago

It was awesome. I'm not the best hiker but this one is a must. Easy going down to the trail little more work coming back up but no problems. Beautiful view.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

First mile pretty easy with second mile little more downhill and you have to watch your footing here and there, once you get to the Bluff and goat trail it is spectacular! From the 100 year old junipers to the view of the buffalo river below along with the beauty of the geology. We even saw a cactus growing out of the Bluff ready to bloom overhead!
The walk out only has few spots that worked the legs but otherwise worth every bit of effort

backpacking
24 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is no joke for those of us who are average hikers. I'm in no great shape by any means so this may be an easy trail for you young, fit, whipper snappers but I'm almost 40 with added natural insulation. I'm grateful that I had on hiking boots (if you're prone to rolled ankles or not so stable on your feet, wear boots!), and two trekking poles. The poles were a life saver!
The first mile has a bit of an up and down but nothing extreme. It's a little rocky in areas so watch your step. If you want to look at the view then stop and look; don't try to look and walk through the rocks.
When we went it was somewhat foggy so the view over the side wasn't as great but it was beautiful with the leaves changing color. Right before you get to the downhill section there are two rocks on the right side. Take a break, adjust your shoes/boots, tighten your pack. The down hill is slow and deliberate with all sized boulders. It drops you down into a valley. Watch for the barbed wire fence to the left side if you have to make a pit stop. There are turns and ups and downs along the way...some worse then others. It was muddy in places but if you look there's usually a worn path off to the side to avoid the worst of it. The trail forks to the bluff/cliff area or onward to the hemmed-in-hollow trail. We took the bluff trail and it was worth the view. It's amazing had the terrain changes so quickly. Watch your step if it's slippery. The cliff if very steep and drops off at the edge of the trail in places. We had lunch in one of the little bluff coves. The river is very low below but we could hear water running. Once we got back onto the trail the first mile or so out of the bluff is flat and not as rocky. If you need to make up time like we did to beat the dark this is the place to truck it a bit.
The downhill drop from before seems like a small dip compared to what it looks like when you reach it going back up. From the bottom looking up it looks like you're going to be heading straight uphill with menacing boulders filling the trail. I'm not ashamed to say that I stopped many times to catch my breath and rest. And again I'm so very thankful to have had my poles. It probably took 45 minutes to get through that section.
Once at the top find the two rocks again, this time on the left side, and take a break. Drink water, have a snack. Soak in what you just accomplished and the view you saw. It's worth the break.
As formidable as this trail was I would do it again. It's beautiful and takes you to different nature environments along the way.
Some people brought their dogs even though it said no pets. Who follows rules anymore anyway?
I felt sorry for those poor dog's feet. They would be sore after that trek just like mine were.
Bring plenty of water and snacks. There was no where to filter along the trail.

hiking
29 days ago

Awesome hike with a view that will take your breath away. Highly recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike down to the goat trail with excellent payoff views of the buffalo river. The hike back let’s ya know how bad out of shape you actually are. I’ll definitely come back!

1 month ago

Amazing views and bluff terrain!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

It is so worth the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views. Easily one of the best in Arkansas. Trail is a little technical. Pretty simple going in, steep coming out. Legs were burnin for sure haha! Worth it!

camping
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was amazing view and great trail the hill back up to Centerpoint is a monster but great work out

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago