Hiking Project Logo

Goat Rock Trail

Intermediate

Trail

0.9 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 37' 11 m
Descent: -254' -77 m
High: 1,038' 316 m
Low: 820' 250 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

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

Kyle Schildgen

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

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

May 23, 2020
Hayden Dorsett
0.9mi — 0h 50m
Jan 20, 2020
Brittany DeDiego
2.8mi — 1h 19m
Nov 10, 2019
John Petersen
Aug 4, 2019
Nicholas Wendling
Jul 13, 2019
Caleb McCaughan
Jul 5, 2019
Devin Beal
May 11, 2019
David Hitchcock
Nice views, especially from the top of Goat Rock. 1mi
Apr 22, 2019
Catherine Kirby

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 8 votes

#17763

Overall
  3.5 from 8 votes
5 Star
13%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
63%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#248

in Arkansas

#17,763

Overall
121 Views Last Month
1,675 Since Sep 3, 2015
Intermediate

17%
0%
83%
0%
0%
0%

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

0 Comments