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.

3 months ago

Good trail approx. 4mi around. Rickety chain and wood suspension bridge. Plenty of great photo opts along the creek. Falls dry this time of year. Some light bouldering. Lake just off the trail. Nice places to swim water nice and refreshingly cold this time of year. I’d do this trail again in the spring or fall to get the waterfalls experience.

6 months ago

Great trail! Take your water!! You're going to need it once youve hit the dam. If you take a dog, take it for them also. No water source after you cross over and back across the creek. Its a quick 1.5 hour round trip hike with a couple of water break stops. You can take longer around the bluff for hammocking and climbing down to the lake and back up!! It's a free climb! Great trail, except going into summer, trail gets high with grass, ticks and lots of snakes too!

8 months ago

beautiful day. relaxing hike. hike the loop in a clockwise direction for a steep climb and a gradual descent.

9 months ago

love it, come here as often as I can

Friday, October 20, 2017

great trail with great views. challenging and fun

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very relaxing

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Did with Brad C. Very enjoyable hike. Bridges along creek are really nice.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One of my favorite trails in Hot Springs. It has enough uphill spikes to make you feel like you actually hiked that day but not so many that you're completely worn out by the end. Amazing waterfall at the start of the trail. Can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

This trail is on Lake Catherine, nice waterfall within 1 mile of trailhead and campground, lots of traffic on this section, continue past waterfall up steep and rocky climb to ridge top for nice views of lake on 4 mile loop. Only downside was camping with loud power plant on the lake!

Friday, June 29, 2012

I love hiking this trail. Part of the trail crosses the Falls Branch Trail, and you cross over the falls.

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