Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Very pretty trail! We stopped here while on the way to garvan gardens. We only walked 1.5 miles but it’s a very pretty scenic route. A nice creek and some pretty rocks. Great place to stretch our legs.

Very basic. Quick half mile, but quite a few spider webs you run in to — look out!

hiking
1 month ago

This is Lake Catherine State Park's most popular trail. I hiked it on September 15 thinking I'd have it to myself due to the high heat and humidity. Not to be. There were MANY people out and about on this trail. It was very beautiful and the creek waters were crystal clear! I loved this short hike immensely. The suspension bridge was fun and the falls were flowing. I saw a snake and lots of pretty things.

This trail brings you back into downtown after completing the sunset trail.

Great trail!
Start early.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! What a gorgeous hike! Prepare for protruding roots, steep rocks, and absolute beauty!

Really pretty, would be stunning in the fall with the color change. I don’t think I would have rated this as easy, there are some steep areas that you do have to watch your footing with. My parents, dog, and I enjoyed it and it got our heart rate up. The falls weren’t full at all but it hadn’t rained in a while.

hiking
1 month ago

Basic trail through the woods, not much different than the others on the mountain but I enjoyed it. Mostly flat and good footing, well shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

This is more of a walking/jogging trail than hiking but very nice nonetheless. It's about 1.2 miles around and well shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

I liked this trail, lots of curving around to follow the mountain. I picked it up at where the short cut trail meets it about .3 mile up from the bathhouse row. Nice trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail today just as others have stated by combining the Oak, Canyon and small part of Sunset. All in all I ended up with 4 miles with all of those add ins. This has been my most enjoyable hike so far in Hot Springs. Trails were wide, easy to follow and good footing for the most part.

hiking
1 month ago

I took part of this trail as a shoot off from Gulpha Gorge. I only went as far as the overlook and then then turned around to catch the Gulpha back to the campground. Probably should have kept going to complete it but was tired from the day. From the half I did complete, I really enjoyed this trail. At some point would like to complete in full.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a decent, challenging uphill trail. I was a bit disappointed that the "end" of the trail is nothing more than a turn around point at a road. I found the first half of the trail fairly challenging as it winds uphill. After turning around at the top, I took the Goat Rock trail shoot off to extend the hike. The campground and creek are great, nice place to cool your feet off after a long day.

great for the legs!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, completed Labor Day with my dog. There are a few challenging, rocky spots but not too bad. It is the most popular trail at the park, so quite a few people. The falls were pretty non existent due to no rain this summer but still a nice spot. If the falls are all you’re interested in, take a left at the trailhead and go clockwise- it’s much shorter.

Nice leg workout! Steep hike that is short and challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this trail many times good work out for the legs

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.

We went mid-May and it was perfect! Beautiful trail and great for the entire family. The water was a bit cold to swim in, but that didn’t defer the kids!!

hiking
2 months ago

Some steep inclines and rocky climbs but great! Benches along the way right after long stretches are nice. The waterfall wasn’t running because it’s super hot and dry in July, but the water felt nice.

hiking
3 months ago

We didn’t get to see the fall which was disappointing but the trail it self was beautiful! We hike a lot and this trail was shorter than most but I would say it’s pretty moderate not easy. My dog loved the lake at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

fun trail, not alot of work. swam at the base of the fall.

Gorgeous trail and nicely shaded. Perfect for an easy outing. Probably my favorite trail of the weekend for its simplicity and beauty.

backpacking
3 months ago

Kid friendly, great swimming place shallow rock in lake right below falls.
In summer, waterfall is not flowing, but still a nice hike with plenty to see.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult trail, tons of steep climbing and switchbacks. No really pretty scenic views, but the trail itself is pretty.

For our first hike at a national park we did well. It was nice to be on West Mountain and in nature. A good workout after all of the food we ate in Hot Springs! Just a little over 2 miles and one hour.

hiking
3 months ago

Short trail from the mountain down to the gorge. Nice little hike. There is some runoff damage on the trail and it’s a little slippery due to the small rocky gravel on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiked this trail along with mountain top, whittington, oak, and canyon, very nice trail, some ups and downs but the easiest walk of the set I did today, clean well used, pretty scenery

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail along with mountain top, west mountain, oak, and canyon in one day, all was challenging and each trail had its on unique things about it, this trail was very easy, flat, and clean, a lot of walkers, joggers and dog walkers, just a nice urban park trail

3 months ago

Great easy to follow trail with a pretty look out point- great to add onto many other trails.

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