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Gulpha Gorge Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 383 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

Park at the amphitheater parking area in Gulpha Gorge Campground. The trailhead is across Gulpha Creek at the end of the stepping stones; take the left trail. The first half of this trail is steep. To our right, Gulpha Gorge Trail winds up the mountain to meet Hot Springs Mountain Trail and Goat Rock Trail.

While there are no showers, there are modern restrooms. Water is available for registered campers only at several stations throughout the campground most of the year and at the dump station.

Mailing Address: 101 Reserve Street Hot Springs , AR 71901 Phone: (501) 620-6715 Fordyce Visitor Center

Park at the amphitheater parking area in Gulpha Gorge Campground. Gulpha Gorge Campground is located off US Hwy 70B on the east side of Hot Springs. For GPS directions, the physical address is 305 Gorge Road, Hot Springs AR 71901.

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Jesse N
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easy mostly uphill trail leads to a lot of connecting trails

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Lynn Claiborne
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Hiking

Quick after dinner hike from the campground

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Amber Moreno
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It was a simple trail. If you start at the campground you start on the steep end. It was nice to walk up; however, there’s not a view at the top or anything miraculous to see. You’re literally just hiking it to hike it and nothing more. The water at the bottom was beautiful and nice, and seems very swimmable.

Heather Bushnell
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HikingRocky

This is a out & back trail from the Gulpha Gorge Campground. If you start at the campground you are hitting the steep part first, but not too bad of a trail, as we did the steep leg in just under 40 min with a 2, 6, & 11y/o. Some loose gravel made for slipping hazard but overall a decent hike.

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Justin Howard
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Hu Alfaro
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Did a total of @6 miles in a combination of trails. Excellent trail markings and well maintained paths. Saw numerous deer and a few large red headed woodpeckers. I would definitely recommend.

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Jacki Cole
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So it starts you out at the gorge. You can get in the water and play there. Out kids had fun. The hike is a zig zag trail that ends at a road and a hut (think that might should have been the beginning). It’s mostly up hill there and down hill back. My two dogs and 10 and 7 yr old did it without much complaining. No overlooks or anything. Saw a few lizards. The best scenery is the Gorge, which you don’t really hike to get to.

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Don Schuy
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I completed this trail in conjunction with Goat Rock. I preferred Goat Rock, but this was nice too. All down hill out and all up hill back. The creek, bridge and dogwoods in bloom made for a nice photo at the bottom.

Karen Evans
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Peaceful and beautiful!

Travis Baird
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The park is currently closed (COVID) so we parked at gate and walked to trail. FYI, do not park on grass outside of blocked entrance. I was half on grass and half on entrance and had a warning from ranger left on truck. My fault though. Trail was awesome and our kids 6 & 8 loved it. It is a little steeper then expected but sill great. We did see a couple of snakes but I think it’s because it’s less traveled currently because of park being shut down for COVID. Nice creek for kids to play in at bottom too.

Katie Taylor
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We had accidentally passed the trail because the camping area is shut down due to covid-19. They have it blocked off but there’s still an area where people pulled in and parked so we parked there & walked through the parking lot for the camping area. There’s also a few parking spots at the top of the trail. This was a beautiful trail! It was more steep up the trail than I thought it was going to be. Wasn’t busy at all, we just passed by a few people.

Brett Duplissey
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I enjoyed the hike! Was a little work back up but not too bad! My only complaint was I saw a couple snakes so be careful!

Brent Hiller
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Excellent hike

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Brice Gibbs
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Hiking

I started at the top of Hot Springs Mtn. and worked my way down to the Gulpha Gorge campground due to the campground being closed because of the virus. This is the best 1 mile hike I've been on. That's it!

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Josh Brower
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The trail is in good condition. I recommend starting at the top and walking down for a simple hike. would definitely combine with longer trail next time into Hot Springs if time allowed.

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Todd Nichols
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A little steep so be careful if it is wet. Did the top part to get to Dead Chief Trl back to Bathhouse Row.

Daniel Laparra
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Pretty quick hike. Some steep switchbacks but nothing too intense.

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Michele Blackwell-Moore
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It was steeper than I was expecting but it was a good hike for a novice. Be careful of the roots and loose rocks brought back a little wound on my knee, hey scars are stories, right?!

Scott McGraw
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We used this trail from the campgrounds to connect to get to Hot Springs Mountain trail so we could climb to the top overlook. This trail was in good shape but for a out of shape novice hiker it felt pretty steep though with switchbacks the grade was never too much. Just mostly constant increase in elevation. No real scenic views on this trail but that was okay since we were using it to connect and get to the top.

Jessica Appel
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Loved it! So did the Major the Dane!

Heather Henkel
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decent trail.

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Jacob Gros
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Very nice trail with a decent moderate challenge. Went from the top down to the creek and spent a few hours letting kids swim.

Kara Gunter
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Erin Dalton
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Hiking

Peaceful hike. Path is well-maintained and easy to traverse (not very steep). Highly recommend you detour to goat rock to take in the breathtaking view!

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Valerie Smith
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Hiking

This trail is inclined the entire way in. Although the under growth is beautiful they nearly completely limit any views. The vista is anticlimactic as it ends at a crossroad and a shelter.

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Lilith Sawyer
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Prettier than I had anticipated. Uphill felt pretty gradual for the most part.

Roy Kompier
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First trail of the season. Good short work out.

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B B.
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Hiking

Nice trail. Clear and easy to follow. Has a small camping area at the bottom for travel trailers or tents with good facilities. Camp sites are fairly close together, and some are less private than others. If you are going to camp here, I suggest checking out the sites beforehand.

James Catalfamo
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very nice trail easy and short

Eri Sd
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It’s very short and easy hiking!

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