Dam Mountain Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Dam Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.6 miles
419 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


The trail passes through the pine/hardwood forest of the park to the top of Dam Mountain. Spring and fall offer a variety of wildflowers, plants, and animal life. Streams and cascades are great for providing solitude and attracting the keen eye of the photographer.

23 days ago

love it, come here as often as I can

4 months ago

great trail with great views. challenging and fun

5 months ago

No falls this time of year. Good trail to take your dogs. Not a lot of viewing areas but the ones they had were nice.

6 months ago

Very relaxing

6 months ago

Great Trail well maintained. Small water fall and several great panoramic views on the trail.

7 months ago

Very few people on this part of the trails. Some great views of the lake.

9 months ago

May 2017 - grasses along the trail were taking it over (I will come back to this in fall/winter and be wearing pants instead of shorts). Plus suspect that views would be great when the leaves are off

11 months ago

Loved this trail!!!! It was a good trail with 0 people around when I went on a Saturday! The views were awesome, but there were bugs galore! Definitely take bug spray and a walking stick.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

this is in lake Catherine state park. good hike couple of nice views. wear bug spray, I left with tons of tiny ticks

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great trail with great vantage points. Overgrowth was a bit worse than expected, but well worth the view!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The wife and I had a great hike. There are 3 trails to chose from and we took the one leading to the falls. The trail head map indicated it was a 2 mile trek that takes about 1 1/2 hrs. We completed it in 45 minutes starting around noon on a Saturday. It was hot, but there is a stream that you can find some relief from along the path. The falls were just a trickle... could have been the time of year and the heat wave we are in the middle of. We will be back. The other 2 trails are said to be more difficult and steeper. Wear good shoes.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Was a great hike! Definitely one I'll do again. The trail makes a loop... Follow the signs and take path to the right for little easier hike.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This is a pretty nice trail and not too hard except for a pretty steep uphill on the backside. Combine this one with the other trails at Lake Catherine.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Great hike

Sunday, March 06, 2016

It is really 4 1/2 miles from start to where 3 trails break at waterfalls. This was not easy but moderate to difficult because of strep areas and climbing across rock at end. Some wet crossings. Beautiful waterfall.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Awesome trail. Marked well, easily to traverse and beautiful. There's a couple of steep sections but for the most part, it's pretty easy.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

I think this was a easy trail, located on Lake Catherine State Park From I-30 take exit 97 go north about 12 miles on HWY 171 into the park all the way down just follow the trail signs. This trail is well marked with white blazes and signs You will first see the lake and then the falls which is absolutely beautiful from there you will see a sign on top of the falls that has Dam Mt trail and all throughout the trail white blazes Itll get a little steep with a elevation of 500 at the most There will be a vista where there is a bench to sit and take in the view of the lake then it is all down hill from there and you'll be headed back towards the falls Very nice trail..

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Great trail!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Not bad, slightly confusing at trailhead-- so I ended up doing both the falls branch trail and the dam mountain trail. Enjoyable hike with a few uphill sections that get your heart rate up. Waterfall was dry, but still a cool spot. Probably will go back when there's more water flow.

cross country skiing
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Enjoyed this trail. Loved the waterfall and the lake view.

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