Centerpoint to Goat Trail

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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.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,076 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

rock climbing

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

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
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Conditions were wet and muddy as the trees dripped water from their icy branches due to a storm the night before. None the less the hiking was still good with a beautiful overlook of the buffalo river atop steep cliffs.

hiking
7 days ago

First hiked in early November during peak fall foliage. Weather was perfect and the leaf colors made for amazing views from the bluff. Descending the trail is very rocky and parts are steep going down. Wear the right shoes! Ascending is mostly uphill and a great workout. If you have the stamina, take the extra work to hike from the bluff down to the river. Nice flat trails through the trees at the bottom of the mountain. Take a quick swim to cool off, there was no one else down there when I went down.

11 days ago

Was awesome to do in January. No bugs, fewer people. The most epic of views! Definitely not for those with a fear of heights. Take lots of water and snacks, its a long hike. Also coming back is pretty steep uphill at times so be prepared to save some water for when you'll really want it.

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rocky
13 days ago

This is the best trail I have hiked around here. The views at first aren't great, but once you get to the Goat Bluff Trail you will be amazed!

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muddy
rocky
14 days ago

Long trail but it’s the route to Granny Henderson. Please Google her before coming out. Great history. This was an old county road and it’s easy to follow. We bushwhacked to a nearby homestead and cistern. It was great to see and knock around, before we got back on trail to Granny’s. Granny Henderson’s place was beautiful, historic home. The path is rocky and it does cross some natural springs and the path is wet and muddy. I took an 11yr old and 55yr old and they were slow making it out, but they made it. It took us 3.77miles to get to Granny’s, so it was 3.77 miles up hill. Yes. Up hill, so if your not used to it, pace yourself. We went early January, started cold but warmed to 45, then got cold again. So there was no bugs. We did 7.9 miles in about 4:45 minutes. About 1.37 miles in, there was a pile of rocks and a stick, stuck in them pointing to a side trail. There was no trail marker, and I’ve found no info, if anyone’s done it or knows where it goes please post. We used a Fitbit for mileage and times. The most rewarding part was spotting a bald eagle above is. This is beautiful country that God has made. Praise Him.

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

Really wanted to do this one until I realized no dogs. I arrived and noticed no dogs. I was a little upset, maybe another time. I should have done better research

hiking
muddy
off trail
18 days ago

Good trail. Be sure to stay right at the fork and follow the trail around to get an incredible view.

muddy
rocky
20 days ago

Def one of the best trails in Arkansas. Centerpoint trail part not has much of views. But big bluff trail part is amazing!!!!

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

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muddy
off trail
washed out
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail, awesome views, worth hiking all the way through the Goat Trail to the Buffalo river. Great place to soak your feet/swim and relax before the steep hike back to the Goat Trail and out. It's humbling to look up from the river's edge to see just how massive the bluff is, yet satisfying to be able to see how far you have come. Then the realization that you have to go all the way up and back hits. At least you could enjoy a nice dip in the river! Really worth it though if you have the time.

backpacking
rocky
1 month ago

IMPRESSIVE!!! A walk through the woods?? I call that hiking! Take some off trails, old homesteads, sinkhole, you know, the usual suspects. If you're paying attention you can pick up on bygone eras. Great rock formations and vistas. Supposed to be the highest overlook of the Buffalo at 500'. Once again, Arkansas the 8th wonder of the world, did not disappoint. DO IT!!!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Super muddy and rocky downhill for the whole way to the bluffs. Once we got to the where the trail splits it was beautiful. The bluffs were outstanding and had views all around. We did see plenty of kids on the trail with their parents. One of the best!

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

2 months ago

Very nice hike. The trail to/from the bluff is nothing special, through the woods with about a billion rocks and several parts that hold water and were pretty muddy. The Goat Trail and bluffs were great though, super views and fun exploring. Exceeded my expectations.

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rocky
2 months ago

Amazing trail with one of the most beautiful views of the Buffalo river in my humble opinion. I’ve been in/out, up/down, and all around but, still feel the magic of the first time I saw this place. Definitely give it a try if you’re okay with a steady steep hike coming out.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Muddy in spots. Will definitely hike this one again.

2 months ago

Nice trail with a great view of the Buffalo River from the Big Bluff. Easy to get down, but the hike back up and out is pretty strenuous. Some difficult maneuvers around the bluff area, but more importantly, they are places to be cautious.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! The first 3 miles of the trail was a little muddy with heavy traffic. You reach the Goat/Big Bluff overlook at about mile 5. The crowd thins out and offers amazing views of the buffalo River. If you keep hiking along the bluff, about 1/4 mile, there’s is a small trail that leads down to the river. It’s an additional 1.5 down to the river but absolutely worth it! Hung out there for about 2 hours with not a single person in sight. Definitely recommend the entire trail!

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