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Goat Rock Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.6 (11)

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

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  3.6 from 11 votes

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Photos

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
The view from the top of Goat Rock Overlook.
May 27, 2019 near Hot Spr…, AR
The Goat Rock Trail is rockier than other trails in the park. Here, you can see quartz in the trail.
May 27, 2019 near Hot Spr…, AR
Goat Rock from the trail.
May 27, 2019 near Hot Spr…, AR

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