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Hot Springs Mountain Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (5)

One of the longer but more enjoyable trails in the park.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

971' 296 m

High

831' 253 m

Low

201' 61 m

Up

208' 63 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Hot Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Beginning at the Gulpha Gorge trailhead on N. Mountain Drive, the Hot Springs Mountain trail offers a longer, less strenuous outing to the Gulpha Gorge Trail. One of the longer trails in the park, this trail also has some of the best rewards for visitors. The trail starts with a sometimes moderate descent for the first .3 miles, and the trail is somewhat serpentine as it winds through both pine and hardwood forests.

Once visitors have reached the bottom of their descent, this trail heads right back up again, this time to the summit of Hot Springs Mountain. The route up the mountain is steeper than many adjacent trails, though still moderate. At this point, you'll be at the southwest tip of the trail, and it's just a short jaunt to visit the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, where it is possible to get above the tree canopy to some stellar views.

Once you've taken in the views, continue on the trail as it bends to the north. Along the way, you'll pass an intersection with the Floral Trail. There is a picnic area in the vicinity of the trail junction, so if you're enjoying a snack, make sure to continue north to finish the loop.

The trail will end on a short incline, at an intersection with the Upper Dogwood Trail. From there, it's a short and easy jaunt back to your starting point and vehicle.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Hot Springs

Shared By:

Mikhaila Redovian with improvements by Zac Nixon

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 5 votes

#21481

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  3.0 from 5 votes
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#286

in Arkansas

#21,481

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Hot Springs, AR
Dec 7, 2017 near Hot Spr…, AR

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Jul 10, 2020
Joshua Hoyle
Nov 3, 2019
Gina G
Jul 5, 2019
Devin Beal
Apr 22, 2019
Catherine Kirby
Jun 9, 2018
Stella Winston
Hot Springs was all solo; got on this trail at some point, not in the beginning, and walked all the way to the tower and back on both paved and trail.
May 27, 2018
Brian Bowen
Apr 29, 2016
Ralph Palmer
Nice, well groomed trail.
Mar 31, 2016
Anna Cathey