Explore the most popular hiking trails near Hot Springs National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Falls Branch Trail

2 days ago

Clearly marked and well kept trail. In a bit of a dry spell so the creek is very low, hardly any water flow on the hike to the falls. Barely-there waterfall but otherwise the scenery is beautiful! Just needs a good rain shower to get things flowing again.

nature trips
12 days ago

We went over Memorial Day weekend and it was beautiful! The waterfall is gorgeous.

hiking
25 days ago

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

walking
25 days ago

Might as well if you’re there, but nothing to write home about.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail! I'm heavier set so it was a little hard for me.. don't let that differ you! so worth it in the end!! we went up the mountain and down it.. the water fall was amazing!

Trail itself was great. But i was really hoping for a full waterfall, maybe in the spring.

hiking
1 month ago

I give it a 4 star for the area. It lacks super scenic views, but is still a very pretty hike with a variety of landscapes to see. It does have some pretty good climbs and this can be a challenge for those not in hiking shape, both from the distance and a handful of the climbs.

Be careful of ticks, both my dog and I picked up quite a few, likely due to some of the grassy areas you walk through.

I stopped here passing through on my way back to Colorado and thoroughly enjoyed the hike overall!

It is mostly well-marked, but I used this AllTrails recording because there are a few spots where it isn't very clear where you are supposed to go without it, and it isn't all "technically" the Sunset Trail. That ends somewhere around West Mountain Drive and then you pick up other trails from there back to the Gulpha Gorge Campground.

hiking
1 month 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!

Beautiful!

on Falls Branch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hiking trail and easy for older dogs. Went early and had the trail to ourself.

1 month ago

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

My son and I hiked this trail this weekend after almost 2 inches of rain the night before. The fall creek was high and moving. There was a lot of water on the trail and a few places where we had to cross the creek. Our feet were soaked. It was worth it. Overall an easy hike with great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked, pretty simple. There are absolutely no hot springs on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

First 2/3 of the trail is great and well marked. It gets increasingly more confusing as you near the end. You will walk through downtown so be prepared for that... everyone looks at ya funny if ur sweaty, but it’s kinda a right of passage. Balanced rock (done on this recording) is easy to miss. The summit wasn’t that impressive, but worth the small additional hike. I didn’t do the goat overlook because

hiking
3 months ago

LOVED this trail. The terrain was varied and interesting, walking most of the trail by the creek was perfect, and the waterfall was gorgeous. You even get to hike back on a bluff next to the lake. Perfect distance for families and dogs too. Would do this hike again for sure!

hiking
3 months ago

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

Absolutely beautiful scenery !!

trail running
3 months ago

Coming from West Monroe Louisiana, this is as good as it gets in my book. About 4 hours from home, solid climbs, rocky descents, and the perfect distance to refuel back at the car for another loop. Well marked in most places but has a few trails that come together close to the Gorge, just adds a little variety!!
My favorite training spot so far when I can make the trip!

This is a really fun shorter trail! It is a loop trail and there are areas that are steep and can be slick during/after rain, but this is the best time to see a good flow on the waterfall.
However, you can do an in & out hike from the campground to the waterfall that is very easy and would be good for kids.. supension bridge included!

Easy trail and beautiful waterfall!

Beautiful views along the trail. The trail can get a little confusing a one point due to the lack of markings, but overall marked well. Many good hills!

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for a quick 45 minute hike with good views of the city. Easily accessible and worth your time. Some light elevation will get your heart rate up enough to consider it a good workout.

hiking
4 months ago

An excellent trail for beginners. We went when there was a freeze and got to enjoy some frozen waterfalls.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved hiking this trail, to the waterfall and my 2 year old did very well, with this trail!

love it, come here as often as I can

hiking
5 months ago

This is a lovely flat trail. It is next to Whittington Spring, where you can get cool, clear mountain water to drink free from the park service spigots. The trail is gravel and Hot Springs Creek runs through the middle of the park. The rockwork around the creek is very nice. People love to walk their dogs here and get water from Whittington Spring.

hiking
5 months ago

Combined this guy with the Gulpha Gorge Trail!

hiking
5 months ago

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.

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