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Hot Springs National Park - Day Hike Trails

Arlington Trail (E-4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .1 mile
Difficulty: Easy

Description: One of the park's shortest, the Arlington Trail begins at the seventh floor pool area of the Arlington Hotel and slowly ascends, gradually widening. Continue until reaching the Lower Dogwood Trail.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Carriage Road (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at the Visitors Center

Description: This 0.1-mile gravel path once took carriage parties from the Army-Navy Hospital grounds to the summit of Hot Springs Mountain. Starting above the Grand Promenade at the cast iron Army-Navy gate, the trail follows nearly a straight line to the Hot Springs Mountain Drive and the Peak Trail.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Dead Chief Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Difficulty Comments: At first, the route is rather steep, then levels off.

Brochure: Available at Visitors Center

Description: The trailhead is located at the Army-Navy gate above the Stevens Balustrade, this trail intersects with the Gulpa Gorge Trail for the easiest walk from Bathhouse Row to the park campground at Gulpha Gorge.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Floral Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .4 mile
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Difficulty Comments: Uphill both ways.

Brochure: Available at the Visitor Center

Description: The Floral Trail crosses Hot Springs Mountain Drive in a valley, with one end on North Mountain and the other on Hot Springs Mountain.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Goat Rock Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available at Visitor Center

Description: From the overlook at North Mountain, take the short hike below the overlook and stay right, noting the novaculite stone bars placed to prevent erosion. Below the third switchback, the lower side of the trail opens to flowery glades that offer vistas of Indian Mountain and east Hot Springs. The trail becomes uneven and rocky here. After several hundred feet you will pass beneath huge novaculite boulders. Goat Rock Overlook is forty feet above you. A sign indicates the stairway to the overlook. Stone steps rise 240 nonvertical feet to the summit, which showcases a spectacular view of Indian Mountain. Return down the steps to continue on Goat Rock Trail. The trail descends to the Gulpha Gorge Trail, which descends in a serpentine path to the Gulpha Gorge Campground. From the junction with the Gulpha Gorge Trail, you can also take the right path up the mountain to rejoin the Hot Springs Mountain Trail.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Gulpha Gorge Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .8 mile
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available at Visitor Center

Location: Park at the amphitheater parking area in Gulpha Gorge Campground. The trailhead is across Gulpha Creek at the end of the stepping stones.

Description: Gulpha Gorge Trail winds up the mountain to meet Hot Springs Mountain Trail and Goat Rock Trail. Mortared stone water bars cross this path; a bench offers rest just before the summit.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Honeysuckle Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .5 mile
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available at Visitor Center

Additional Trail Information: Packed with gravel and rather steep in places.

Description: This trail crosses Park Trail and intersects with both Fountain and Floral trails. There is a stone shelter at the latter junction.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Hot Springs Mountain Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1.7 miles
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available at Visitor Center

Description: Considered one of the most rewarding trails in the park, this pleasant walk begins at the Pagoda shelter just below the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Going away from the picnic area, the trail descends through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest. The lower slope is steep, but offers breath-taking vistas. About halfway down, a trail shelter marks the Gulpha Gorge Trail intersection. Continue along the trail and descend the western side of the slope, turning left at the first junction (continuing straight would would put you on the Dogwood Trail). Take the serpentine path to Hot Springs Mountain Drive, cross it, and hike up the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain. At the junction with Honeysuckle Trail, stay left to complete the loop. Cross Hot Springs Mountain Drive two more times and you will arrive back at the picnic area.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Lower Dogwood Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .7 mile
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available at Visitor Center

Location: East end of the Arlington Trail

Description: Sandstone boulders near the top mark the westernmost tip of the trail. From there, the trail turns right and drops downhill for a hundred yards before turning up the mountain again. Ignore the left trail in the steep curve; it is an unmaintained path that eventually leaves the park. Several water bars cross the path and can be a safety hazard, watch your step. At the next two junctions, go right to return to the Floral Trail, completing the Lower Dogwood Trail. Each left trail is a section of the Upper Dogwood Trail.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

The Grande Promenade (F-4) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1/3 mile
Time: 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty Comments: Wheelchair accessible (There is a steep ramp at the south end which provides access to the trail, as well as a ramp at the north end.)

Brochure: Available at National Park Service Visitors Center

Location: City of Hot Springs; access trail at various locations on the east side of Central Avenue (Scenic Hwy. 7)

Description: The Grande Promenade is a brick-paved trail that divides the city development from Hot Springs Mountain. Along the trail are many benches, native and ornamental plants, an abundance of birds, and hot springs. Several scenic overlooks allow views of the city and the Ouachita Mountains.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

The Sunset Trail (F-4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 8 1/2 miles
Time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at National Park Service Visitor Center

Location: City of Hot Springs: Access trail at various locations around the park including the upper road loop on West Mountain, Black Snake Road, Cedar Glades Road, and Mountain Valley Road.

Description: This trail generally follows the mountain crests from the overlook on West Mountain, to Music Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Blowout Mountain. Although the trail is in mountainous terrain, the grade is generally gentle. There are a number of rock outcrops along the trail which provide outstanding views into the mountains and valleys. Among these is Balanced Rock, a spectacular quarry which was used by Native Americans; it is accessed via a short spur trail. This trail is isolated as much as possible from the sights and sounds of the city of Hot Springs, yet it is easily accessible to visitors and citizens. Overnight use is acceptable by permit only.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp

Upper Dogwood Trail (F4)

Park/Rec Area: Hot Springs National Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1 mile
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available at Visitor Center.

Description: Starting from the overlook on North Mountain, a short hike to the northeast takes you to Goat Rock Trail, which is to the right. The Upper Dogwood Trail continues left down the mountain. To the right, a stone drain lies below a rusted steel handrail, and in another hundred feet the trail crosses a second stone drain under a concrete bridge.

For Information: Park Superintendent, P.O. Box 1860, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, (501) 624-3383 www.nps.gov/hosp