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Gulpha Gorge Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews
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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 birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 383 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
6 days ago

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.

hiking
14 days ago

Loved it! So did the Major the Dane!

decent trail.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

First trail of the season. Good short work out.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

very nice trail easy and short

10 months ago

It’s very short and easy hiking!

10 months ago

Nice afternoon walk

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail! Great area!

hiking
11 months ago

Very pretty trail! We stopped here while on the way to garvan gardens. We only walked 1.5 miles but it’s a very pretty scenic route. A nice creek and some pretty rocks. Great place to stretch our legs.

hiking
Tuesday, September 04, 2018

This is a decent, challenging uphill trail. I was a bit disappointed that the "end" of the trail is nothing more than a turn around point at a road. I found the first half of the trail fairly challenging as it winds uphill. After turning around at the top, I took the Goat Rock trail shoot off to extend the hike. The campground and creek are great, nice place to cool your feet off after a long day.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

great for the legs!!

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Nice leg workout! Steep hike that is short and challenging.

hiking
Monday, August 13, 2018

I’ve done this trail many times good work out for the legs

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2018

Short trail from the mountain down to the gorge. Nice little hike. There is some runoff damage on the trail and it’s a little slippery due to the small rocky gravel on the trail.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nice trail, family friendly. Good elevation and nice scenic views.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Did this hike in Hot Springs, Arkansas for Christmas 2015. Great hike, shady, and scenic! Hiked to the observatory at to the top of the mountain.

Friday, November 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s short, but steep. From there I went to Goat Rock trail and enjoyed the view. I parked at the amphitheater at Gulpha Gorge campground. Will definitely come back to HotSprings when I have more time to do a longer loop. This was a stop off on my way back to Dallas. Definitely worth it

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Wide and well shaded trail. Beautiful scenery. Steep at times but a very nice hike.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Excellent trail with a cool, refreshing creek at the bottom.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The trail is pretty steep the whole way but I in no way would rate it as difficult, it's super nicely groomed and very wide. Make sure you go onto the goat rock trail and go up to goat rock! (purple blazes) the view is totally worth it!

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Beautiful views. Steep climb all the way up, then turn around and decend. Follow the pink trail markers. Other trails intersect with this one.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

I started at the campground and went up to the shelter located at the top of the trail. From there, I hiked the Mountain Top trail down to tower overlook, then down the short cut trail where it connects with the Dead Chief Trail. Returned on Dead Chief to where it connects back with the Gulpha Gorge trail and then down to the campground. Steep at first but then a nice and easy loop.

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