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Peak Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 357 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Hot Springs: This scenic trail begins midway down the Grand Promenade.

hiking
2 months ago

Great for beginners like myself. Has lots of resting areas along the way. Trail is alongside the road ins one areas. If you’re taking kids be sure to keep them close.

hiking
2 months ago

YO ADRIAN, I DID IT!!!! #3

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Quick elevation raise on the up swing..... at the top is Lookout Tower. Had to ask a Ranger for that tidbit. Lol. Other than that, it was great!

hiking
9 months ago

This was a good trail for beginners. I took my 9yr old and she loved it. Will do again and bring my dog.

hiking
10 months ago

We entered from Bathhouse Row, between the two eagle columns. Gives you kind of a royal flourish to begin your journey. All uphill but you're there before you know it. Then we paid our $5 (with National Park Pass) to walk up all 8 flights of stairs of the 185-foot tower. You have the option of taking the elevator, but you just hiked up the hill so why not finish the job? Plus the interior of the observation deck had great air conditioning and a water fountain at the gift shop at the base. ProTip: To maintain the spirit of the Hot Springs, I filled my bottle with the free 143° spring water at the tap to the right of the bathhouses; by the time I reached the summit, it was cool enough to drink. Warm, but drinkable. I'm weird like that.

hiking
11 months ago

1-29-2019, i did this trail because i didn't want to drive up to the tower and the 1920's gazebo. very nice short walk (trail 4 stars). the gazebo was totally awesome and views were nice. the tower looks really cool. once i got in the tower pass the gift shop i started to notice how unloved the tower was. stained ceiling titles, old dirty carpet and rusted benches with mildew water around them. the tower needs a face lift and a badly remodel. i hate giving low reviews. i get no pleasure out of it. the views from there made up for it. i don't think i'll be back but all in all i was glad to be there once.

hiking
Sat Jun 22 2019

Beautiful area in the Hot Srpings National Park. We first walked up the tower and enjoyed the views. The trail actually starts directly behind the tower and immediatley leads into the woods descending down quickly towards the Promenade Trail. After enjoying Bathhouse Row, i returned back to the trail. The quick hike up was just as beautiful but very hot in the late June summer heat. Enjoy the National Park, it's a good one!

hiking
Thu Jun 13 2019

Short sweet trail up to the mountain tower at Hot Springs. Steep at portions but the trail is well maintained and a lot of shade coverage

recorded Peak Trail

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

We walked up and down after dinner. Good way to work off those margarita calories!

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Trail is rated as easy, but not sure what that is defined as because this trail is pretty steep and makes you break a sweat. Definitely wouldn’t be easy for my elderly parents. Nothing special, just a quick hike to the mountain tower. No benches along the trail, small gift shop, picnic tables and mountain tower at top.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

Pretty steep trail that takes you to the top of the mountain to the Mountain Tower in Hot Springs National Park. Park map says it is a 12% grade. View is great at the top.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Great trail! The trail was wide enough for two people to walk side by side. Once we got to the top it was breathtaking. The tower didn’t open until 8 am but we just waited and enjoyed the view for a few minutes. Very great morning hike!

hiking
Fri Mar 15 2019

It was a very open nice easy hike

recorded Peak Trail

hiking
Sun Feb 24 2019

Be careful to follow the official mark trail because All Trail App is wrong. See my actual GPS walk for the actual official marked trail.

hiking
Mon Nov 19 2018

Great trail with some climbing and views. Great park to visit and dogs allowed.

hiking
Fri Sep 07 2018

Nice trail and as others have noted, its main purpose is to get you to the tower. I found it fairly steep and a good way to get the blood moving.

Wed Jul 11 2018

A nice morning hike after biking too the trailhead through town.

Mon Apr 23 2018

Missy Tried to kill me on this trail today! lol the burn was good! seen two beautiful bright Red Birds with Black underneath them.

Sat Feb 17 2018

Definitely a good mountain trail for Arkansas. The trail is very clean and well kept by Hot Springs!

hiking
Sat Aug 05 2017

Straight shot up the mountain from Bathhouse Row to Mountain Tower. It's a steep but short hike. Better views would earn it a 5 star.

Tue Aug 01 2017

Good hike in downtown Hot Springs

hiking
Sat Jun 10 2017

Goes straight up the mountain with only occasional switchbacks. Connects the Visitor Center area with the observation tower atop Hot Springs Mountain. Not much to see on this trail, but there are harder ways to climb a mountain. This trail serves a purpose but not much else.

hiking
Sat Dec 31 2016

Eh, just ok. Hiked it because we were waiting for the hot springs to open and had some time to kill. Not a difficult hike and not much to see. The tower at the top lets you know you are ready to turn around. 12/31/16

hiking
Sun Aug 21 2016

Steep and dull. nothing to see

hiking
Sat Jul 23 2016

Good hike. Got the blood flowing. We got off the beaten path a bit... there are several divergent trails up to lookout point. our initial comb took us on a pretty direct path, about 1 mile almost straight up. took us 22 minutes. we chose to walk the winding road down for a total hike of 2.6 miles.

walking
Fri Jun 24 2016

Proud Choir Director moments! Took a group of 60 middle schoolers and chaperones on this hike up to the observation tower! What a great bonding moment and amazing adventure for our kids. Easy grade and terrain. Loved every minute.

hiking
Fri Nov 27 2015

This trail is not to bad in comparison to other climbing trails I have taken up. It provides a very direct route to the tower on top of the mountain. If you are in good shape it is great for a warm up activity to get your heart rates elevated before you start cruising around the other trails in the area. If you want to stay friends with the people that you are hiking with, you may want to disclose that this is one of those climbs that goes to a parking lot on the top that you could have driven to. The shortness of the train makes it easier than most climbs and the trail is well traveled and in good condition.

Sat Oct 10 2015

Comfortable hike with beautiful view.

hiking
Tue Jun 09 2015

Park downtown and the trail head is off the promenade behind bathhouse row. It is fairly steep, but it's smooth contour. This trl, as all others on this side of Central Ave, can be extended by intersecting other adjoining trls. Right before the Mnt tower you can hang a right, cross HS Mnr drive then a left on HS MNT trl, 1.7 mi loop, back to where you left the Peak trl. Or half way around tuen right on Gulpha Gorge trl then a right on Goat rock trl for a splendid view from Goat rock. Continue to Upper Dgwood trl, lower Dogwood trl, floral trl. Honeysuckle trl to Fountain trl and stop for some cold HS water on tap for free. Roughly 5 mi. Pick up maps at the old Fordyce Bath House that is the National Park Visitoe Center. Mostly moderate trl that is convenient and will allow you to judge your ability for longer trls.

hiking
Tue Oct 07 2014

Nice short hike through the woods. It is a little steep, but not overwhelming.

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