• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Goat Rock Trail

photo of Goat Rock Trail in April, with wild phlox blooming on right side and lots of green along trail

NPS photo

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.

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aerial infrared map with Goat Rock trail drawn in red
 

Did You Know?

black and white photo of Rector's bathhouse, a small one story frame building near the edge of Hot Springs Creek

In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.