Hot Springs Mountain Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 672 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

It's the most flat dirt trail on Got Springs Mtn. You'll walk by the tower. Very pretty.

hiking
2 months ago

Fountain Trail to Honeysuckle Trail to Peak Trail to Hot Springs Mountain Trail to Short Cut Trail to Oertel Trail back to Grand Promenade

hiking
3 months ago

From campground follow white trail markers on trees until you see blue markers on trees.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike. This trail actually includes Gulpa Gorge Trail too. Gradual inclines with nice view near the top plus you can visit the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Very peaceful hike

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful, but not well marked. Was able to hike this trail from the National Park Campground.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy walk around the mountain with numerous cutoffs to change the length. Never ventures far from road way so there's constant noise from traffic and tourists at the overlooks.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy walk around the mountain with numerous cutoffs to change the length. Never ventures far from road way so there's constant noise from traffic and tourists at the overlooks.

7 months ago

Easy with not too much vertical/elevation change. Got to it by way of Peak trail.

hiking
7 months ago

During my very enjoyable visit last October, I was able to complete most of this trail by hiking on Hot Springs Mountain, the North Mountain/Dogwood Trails and the Gulpha Gorge/Goat Rock Trails. It was especially memorable because of the beautiful fall foliage and conditions. Additional benefit...the attractions along Bathhouse Row once you’re done hiking.

hiking
7 months ago

Parked at the Pavillion, walked down toward picnic area with restroom, crossed the road and started the trail there. It’s probably best to park in the Picnic area and pick up the trail there. We didn’t finish the last little curve and still got 1.8 miles while the National Park map says the whole thing is 1.6. I’m a beginner hiker (walk 2 miles a day at home) and I’d say, on a scale of easy to moderate, this trail is closer to the moderate end than the easy end. Enjoyed this hike!

hiking
8 months ago

nice trail. Well marked and wide path.

hiking
9 months ago

Very chill trail near the top of the mountain. Very mild elevation, lots of shade.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

We were walking the Grand Promenade and stumbled across this trail. It branches off into different routes, all of them taking you to the peak where the observatory is. I’m totally out of shape and did this with some effort, but finished it going up and down. Lots of wildflowers and small critters. We did get a couple of ticks, though. Not too many views, but a great view from the top. You can pay to go up the observatory, or there’s a free observation deck. Will do again if we are ever out that way.

hiking
11 months ago

loved this trail. the views close to the hot springs tower are really beautiful. well worth the time it took to find the trail.

Thu May 23 2019

Easy and fairly flat. The trail takes you around the top of the mountain where the Mountain Tower is located. Not many scenic outlooks, lots of trees.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Nice easy trail, very green and not much elevation change . Not many people out. Trail was a bit wet but not muddy. Found a tick crawling on our dog even though we stayed on the path.

hiking
Thu Mar 28 2019

Enjoyed our time in the Hot Springs NP. Enjoyed some beer at Superior Brewing.

hiking
bugs
Mon Mar 25 2019

Quiet, lightly trafficked trail on a Monday afternoon. Connects to other overlook trails and is very dog-friendly. Watch out for ticks and biting flies, we stayed on the trail the entire time and still encountered them.

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

4 trails in a few hours...

hiking
Tue Jan 08 2019

Expect more views. Not a hard walk.

Mon Oct 29 2018

A few steep parts on the way down, but easy trail. Great view from the top of the mountain.

Tue Jun 05 2018

Pretty basic trail. Not scenic at all. Well shaded. Saw some wildlife (deer, armadillo, etc.) Well marked and fairly easy to follow.

Thu May 17 2018

Little hillier than what I’d consider an “easy” trail. Could stand to be marked a little better when crossing the roads and trails.

Sun Apr 01 2018

Some steep parts of the trail make this a nice challenge to an easy trail

hiking
Sat Feb 10 2018

This trail is about 1.7 miles. Driving up to the mountain, you will head towards the tower (you will see this). Before you get to the tower, you will see a parking lot with bathrooms. Across the road from the bathrooms is where the trail starts. We had a hard time finding it, but once we found it, it is an extremely easy trail. You’ll cross over the road twice before you finish the trail. When the trail clears, there is a gazebo at the top of the hill with a big rock. Once you walk up to this (or you can drive to the gazebo once you finish the trail), you can see the lookout. Make sure to continue the trail after the gazebo, because it is a loop trail. It only took us about 30 minutes to complete the trail. You don’t actually see a hot spring during this hike. As you are driving down the mountain, there is a place where you can fill up your water bottles with cold water at the foot of the mountain on the right hand side.

hiking
Sat Oct 28 2017

A great easy, well-kept trail. A tiny bit of it was closed, but that part was easy to get around .

walking
Sat Aug 05 2017

Nice loop with little traffic. Shaded well in the forest and mostly flat. This would be a good family hike.

hiking
Sat Jun 10 2017

Loops around the southern summit of Hot Springs Mountain. There are occasional nice views, but the summit road stays near the trail for most of its distance. A good family hike if you are visiting the national park.

hiking
Wed Mar 29 2017

From a location standpoint this trail may appear isolated and tied to the tourist oriented lookout tower above downtown Hot Springs. In fact, the hidden trail is very hiker accessible and removed from the crowds, is wooded with mature trees and a cool shaded walk especially using interconnecting trails. We hiked up to it on the northeast side before 11am via the Goat Rock trail [moderate trail with great wooded mountain vistas looking eastward] starting from the Gulpha Springs National Park campground below which itself is situated in a lovely mountain stream gorge. By noon last summer we rounded North Mountain into the afternoon shade of large mixed pine and hardwoods. We descended into the back pool area of Arlington hotel for a late lunch at a local cafe downtown and, then, returning via the shaded Promenade [dashed line] above Bathouse Row, and the lower mtn base trail [ Dead Chief Trail] returning to the Gorge Rd. campground. Except for our brief excursion down to the city center it was all wooded, secluded and traffic free. Despite the scenic mountain drive nearby we did not cross the path cars, or encounter traffic, i.e. see cars and tourists. The trails on this mountain are wonderful way to experience the best of the Hot Springs environment including the springs off the Promenade just walking. We encountered less than a half dozen people on a summer weekday morning on the mountain. Click the other trails overlay on the map to get the connecting trails not show here.

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