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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

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  • RFP for Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses

    Requests for Proposals for the Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses are being accepted from 7/7/14 to 1/30/15. Click on the "Management" link in the left column for more information.

  • Elevator closure

    Hot Springs National Park regrets to announce that the elevator in the Fordyce Visitor Center is closed for maintenance. The upper and lower levels are accessible only by stairways. The elevator will be placed back into service in about 4 to 6 weeks.

Gulpha Gorge Trail

Early spring shot of gravel tree lined trail on left side with the brown trailhead sign on a post of the right

NPS Photo

Park at the amphitheater parking area in Gulpha Gorge Campground. The trailhead is across Gulpha Creek at the end of the stepping stones; take the left trail. The first half of this trail is steep. To our right, 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.


If you start at the intersection with Hot Springs Mountain Trail, you can park at the junction of Hot Springs Mountain Drive and the North Mountain Loop. You will see a metal sign complete with a map, describing Gulpha Gorge Trail. The stone trail shelter gives relief from sudden downpours or the hot summer sun. Two signs show distances of trails leading from here.


If you start at the intersection with Hot Springs Mountain Trail, you can park at the junction of Hot Springs Mountain Drive and the North Mountain Loop. You will see a metal sign complete with a map, describing Gulpha Gorge Trail. The stone trail shelter gives relief from sudden downpours or the hot summer sun. Two more signs show distances for the trail leading from here.

Choose another trail.

 
Portion of infrared aerial map of park with Gulpha Gorge Trail drawn in yellow.
 

Did You Know?

Gulpha Creek in fall, below campground amphitheater, with bridge over Gorge Road in right background

The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.