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A winding route leading to Goat Rock, an interesting formation that is worth the visit.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

1,038' 316 m

High

820' 250 m

Low

37' 11 m

Up

254' 77 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This meandering trail leads visitors to Goat Rock and the accompanying overlook. Starting from the Goat Rock Trailhead, this route is mostly a gentle descent. The route follows various switchbacks, and these give visitors a chance to look out over the views. There are a few novaculite water bars in place, so watch you step when you encounter one!

The route to the top of Goat Rock will eventually branch off to the west, as a series of stone steps leading to the lookout. Though a short side trip, the extra effort is well worth it, as views of open meadows and Indian Mountain are the reward.

Once you've had your fill at the overlook, continue on the descent until the trail reaches and end at the Gulpha Gorge Trail. From there, you can return the way that you came, or head west on the Gulpha Gorge Trail until you reach the road that leads back to the trailhead and your vehicle.

Flora & Fauna

Dense forest and open meadows are both to be had on this trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Hot Springs

Shared By:

Kyle Schildgen with improvements by Zac Nixon

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 13 votes

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Trail Rankings

#163

in Arkansas

#11,240

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Photos

View from the trail
Apr 26, 2022 near Hot Spr…, AR
Goat Rock
Apr 26, 2022 near Hot Spr…, AR
Brick wall
Jul 5, 2021 near Hot Spr…, AR
Hiking on the Goat Rock Trail in Hot Springs National Park
Apr 20, 2015 near Hot Spr…, AR
Goat Rock.
Aug 16, 2016 near Hot Spr…, AR
First time seeing a red frog. We googled and it's not poisonous.
Jul 5, 2021 near Hot Spr…, AR

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Aug 5, 2023
T M
Jan 4, 2023
Tom Herr
Beautiful forested hike past Goat Rock. The trail leads to the top of North Mountain vis switchbacks. Good one! 1.9mi
Jul 29, 2022
Avis Rodriguez
Jun 23, 2022
Lannie Fuselier
Apr 26, 2022
Stewart Carnes
Feb 13, 2022
Pete Putnam
Goat rock overlook - great view 0.9mi — 2h 10m
Nov 11, 2021
Danielle Cintron
Oct 14, 2021
Hannah Knowland
Little hard to find the stairs just past the rick
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