Centerpoint to Goat Trail

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Buffalo National River

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

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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.

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rocky
1 day ago

2 days ago

This is a fairly technical trail, lots of loose rock, ruts, and muddy areas. Also one of the most scenic, and rewarding hikes in the area. keep a tight leash on the kiddos when you get out to the bluff.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful wooded trail with gorgeous river and bluff views at the end. Some muddy and rocky climbs along the way!

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rocky
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

The first half I was loving life, not so much on the way back. Steep and muddy. The view at the bluff is completely worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful at the end.

11 days ago

One of the most incredible views in Arkansas. Hike is not too difficult but can get very muddy and torn up in places as horses walk the trails too. The goat trail is NOT for the faint of heart and those with fear of heights / vertigo. However, walking on it is a total thrill and lots of good places to sit down, meditate and enjoy the beautiful river valley below.

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muddy
12 days ago

Bluff was muddy but the views are worth it

backpacking
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rocky
12 days ago

Easiest hard rated trail I’ve been on. The last mile 1/2 were thumpers !! Great views at the bottom.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike is PHENOMENAL!! The hike down is not bad at all, and the view at the end is worth it all. Going up is a slight incline, and it’s definitely very muddy and slippery after a rainfall. Despite that, I would do this one again in a heartbeat. Hands down the best hike we did on this trip!

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rocky
washed out
13 days ago

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14 days ago

Hands down, one of the best hikes in the entire state. It’s not shown here but after you reach the end of the Goat Bluff, there’s an easy to follow “bonus trail” that leads all the way down to the river. It adds an additional 3 miles to the round trip, and about 400 feet of additional elevation gain. If you want to extend the hike a bit and get down to the river, it’s pretty easy to figure out. Just take the right fork when you reach a junction down on the valley floor and follow the sound of the water. A few obvious precautions... on the bluff itself there are spots where certain death will gladly greet the careless. The path around the bluff is as wide as a sidewalk though, just tread very carefully. It’s Arkansas, so of course you’ll also want to protect yourself from those pesky ticks. I’d recommend 2-3 liters of water, you gain all your elevation on the return and want to conserve your water and energy for that trek back up to the car. Another cautionary note I’d also point out is that the trail takes you through a pretty active black bear habitat. Some of the groups we passed on the trail warned us of multiple bear sightings, including cubs. We proceeded with caution and ultimately didn’t end up seeing any, but they’re out there for sure! I’d recommend going in a group or carrying bear spray if you’re solo. This is definitely the most scenic and challenging trail in the region. It’s an absolute gem and not to be missed.

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rocky
15 days ago

Good trail, not much to see until you reach the end but the view at the end is worth the trip

backpacking
rocky
2 months ago

A true adventure! Went overnight backpacking through the Goat Trail, it was awesome! The trail itself is both challenging and relaxing, with good maintenance and shade. Although expect it to be VERY muddy on wet days, and obviously very crowded on nice days. This is a pretty strenuous hike since it’s almost 5 miles downhill and uphill, but not too bad. That being said, it’s definitely worth the trip for the views at Big Bluff. They are truly breathtaking, and not as dangerous as they may seem. But could be a little extreme for small children and those afraid of heights. All in all, it’s definitely a must see when visiting the Buffalo River or an amazing experience!

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike on the Buffalo! It’s a downhill hike to the bluff and straight uphill back. It definitely gets hard on the way back up but the view is totally worth it. The trail is well maintained and any parts that are muddy or have downed trees have auxiliary trails to go on.

hiking
2 months ago

Took this to see Granny’s house and it amazing to see how she lived back then. I wish I could have meet her and talked about what it was like back then. The internet has an interesting bio about her. The hike back is an uphill 4 mile walk. Remember, in the zombie apocalypse, rule #1 is “cardio,” and you will definitely get this on the way back. We did this with an 11yr old and 52yr old fat guy. Take breaks.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike in the area. Pictures do not do it justice. Absolutely breathtaking. The downhill hike to the bluff is quite a breeze, but the uphill going back is rough. All the hard work in the end is by far worth the view still. Would not bring dogs or children, the bluff has a few questionable spots for those that have a hard time being controlled. Bring lots of water and some snack! Enjoy!

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

We hiked this trail to see Granny Henderson’s old cabin. It was a pretty strenuous hike with steep hills. The way to granny’s house didn’t have much to look at but being at her place really made ya appreciate what we have.

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washed out
2 months ago

There’s not much to look at along the way. We did the trail to go see granny Henderson’s cabin. It was really neat living in the moment of history for a bit at her place. Makes you appreciate what we have now. The hills were rocky with lots of roots and pretty steep.

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

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