• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Mountain Top Trail

closeup of pine warbler on a branch; it's a dull yellow colored bird with brown wings

Pine Warbler

A little longer than many park trails, Mountain Top Trail begins at Whittington Avenue as a steep, smooth-surfaced gravel path. At the intersection with the West Mountain Trail, continue to the right as the path begins to gradually rise. The remainder of the climb is smooth with novaculite rocks littering the trail near the peak.

At the intersection on the mountain peak, the Sunset Trail crosses to the right, and if you go right, it is a 13.5-mile trip.

The Mountain Top Trail continues across the Sunset Trail and makes a curvy, steep descent made difficult by many stone and concrete water bars. Watch your step. The trail meets West Mountain Trail again to your left. This area is thick with large pine trees; pine warblers can be seen here year-round. The Mountain Top Trail continues down the mountain, where it meets Prospect Avenue after another 100 yards.

Choose another trail.

 
Portion of aerial infrared photo of park showing Mountain Top Trail in dark pink
 

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.