Centerpoint to Goat Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily 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.

Length5.9 miElevation gain1076 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingFishingHikingHorseback ridingRock climbingrunningForestRiverViewsWildlifeRockyScrambleNo dogs
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The trail's destination is the Big Bluff overlooking the Buffalo River. It is considered the tallest along the Buffalo at over 500 ft. tall. The side trail that leads to an outcropping on the bluff is called the Goat Trail and is about 350 ft. tall. It is not recommended for kids or those afraid of heights. The trail is virtually all downhill on the way to the Bluff and Goat Trail. Consequently, plan extra time on the hike out as it's all uphill. You'll have a very scenic look over the Buffalo River valley, but exercise extreme caution as people have died falling off the trail. There are several connector trails in the Buffalo River Valley, making it a very easy place to spend a lot of time outdoors.

Park at the Center Point trailhead. 3.5 miles north of Ponca, on hwy 43.

Steel Creek Ranger Station, 870-861-2570

From Boxley, Arkansas (the junction of Highways 21 & 43 in Buffalo National River), travel north on Highway 43 to Ponca, Arkansas. Pass Ponca and travel up a significant uphill. The trailhead is located on the right at 3.5 miles. Small gravel parking lot.

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Regina Story
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HikingMuddy

We did this trail yesterday and it had snowed the night before, beautiful with the dusting on the way in but by the time we came back it was melted. Pretty muddy in spots. If you’re reading the reviews you know the trip back is harder than the trip to the views. Would love to see the bluff views in the spring or fall!

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Trevor Stamp
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Ryan Dees
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stunning views! one of my favorite areas! I cant wait to go back!

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centyy .
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Centerpoint trail is not much to see but when you reach goat bluff it is amazing! Absolutely beautiful, the best I've seen in Arkansas so far. Definitely a must hike/see! The day I went was muddy so make sure to check weather. The way back was quite a workout for me but felt great.

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Arianna Robinson
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Trail was very muddy. Definitely recommend hiking boots for the slippery areas. Views from the bluff are always unbeatable!

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Claire Thompson
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Jose Perez Alcocer
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Completed this trail on 01/03/20 before sunset. It was fairly muddy and wet from all the recent rain, but definitely manageable. Completed the entire trail in three hours, with plenty of time to stop for a snack, explore and take pictures. There is a height factor but plenty of room to walk, would not consider it dangerous at all. The roughest part was 1 mile before the exit, it was a steep 200 meter climb up on rocky terrain.

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Anthony Guiltner
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Spectacular views. Well worth the time. Spent extra time off the trail along the river because why not. Followed the river north until I hit the hemmed in hollow trail and then circled back. A long walk but worth it.

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Alexander Lade
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

The trail leading to the overlook was pretty basic (to me) - it was mostly downhill from the beginning, with a lot of rocks on the trail. A recent snow had started to melt, so it was also fairly muddy and there were some running streams to work around. The overlook, like others have stated, is gorgeous and really not ideal for children or those afraid of heights. I am terrified of heights. I may have panicked a little and had to sit down on the ledge (luckily nobody was around to witness this event), but it was absolutely worth seeing. As always with these types of trails, once you go down, you have to go back up, though the incline really is gradual in most spots and certainly manageable.

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Jimbo 138
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

very cool. great views

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Cole McSwain
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Beautiful hike with a fantastic view at the bluff. Quite a bit of elevation gain back up it is mostly very gradual and quite manageable

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Shawna Mason
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This is a strenuous trail that can be very slippery in wet weather. The elevation is not for the faint of heart, but the views (even with the fog) were worth it.

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Janie Price
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Worth going the extra distance down to the river.

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Greg Smith
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Beautiful views at Big Bluff as a reward for the effort, especially in late afternoon or approaching sunset. Just be sure to leave enough time and daylight to get back up to the trailhead if you're not camping along the trail! Sections are fairly rocky and, at times, also steep. And if it's rained recently the footing would be problematic along the way. But a nice little hike

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Kim Roxburgh
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My favorite hike in the state!

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Scott Miller
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Well maintained trail. You can see the goat trail bluff, hemmed in hollow falls and Granny Henderson’s cabin all in the same hike. Not much water flowing from the falls, but a great view nonetheless.

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Hong Tran
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Great views, well maintained trail, not too difficult. Marked the camp sites I observed on the way if you view my recording.

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Josh Aubrey
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

There are some rough rocky and muddy spots coming down, and going back up. But the view once you're at the goat bluff is amazing, just be careful once you're on it! Give those afraid of heights some time to acclimate as well, they'll need it!

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akshay raj
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Benjamin Allison
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