Experience the Magic of Fall with These Hot Springs Hiking Trails

As temperatures soar into the triple digits, there’s no better time to start dreaming about a refreshing autumn getaway.  Whether you’re an avid hiker or just wanting fresh air, In the Trees is the perfect starting point for your outdoor exploration. With stunning trails and breathtaking scenery, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of Hot Springs.

If you’re unsure where to begin your hiking journey, check out this quick guide to some of Hot Springs’ favorite trails.

The Grand Promenade (EASY) – Discover the beloved half-mile brick trail, a top choice for families wanting to hike with toddlers or elderly companions. It provides an ideal opportunity to soak in the invigorating Hot Springs air without exerting much effort. Kick off your journey at the trail’s southern entrance on Reserve St., conveniently located near Hill Wheatley Plaza. Don’t forget to grab a taste of the famed Hot Springs mineral water (it’s genuinely hot!) to bring back as a refreshing souvenir.  



Photo Credit: National Park Service

Peak Trail (MODERATE) – Discover another amazing downtown Hot Springs option that starts right behind Bathhouse Row, nestled between The Maurice and The Fordyce Bathhouses. This 1.3 mile trail takes you from the heart of downtown to the iconic Hot Springs Mountain Tower, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view from the top (and take an elevator ride up!). The trail begins as a well-paved path and transitions into gravel terrain, leading you on a steady uphill adventure. Suitable for the entire family, we’ve hiked this trail with kids aged 4 to 10. It’s the perfect choice for a memorable outdoor experience.

Sunset Trail (HARD)- Looking for a challenging hiking trail near In the Trees? Look no further than Sunset Trail, one of the closest trailheads. Stretching almost 13 miles, this is the longest trail in Hot Springs National Park and makes a full 13-mile loop. . Our top recommendation is the Sugarloaf Mountain section, a 2.6-mile stretch between Cedar Glades Rd. and Blacksnake Rd. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Balanced Rock, just a mile hike away from the Cedar Glades Rd. Parking area. To reach it, simply cross the pavement and head southeast along the trail. The first 0.7 miles are quite challenging, with a 300 ft elevation gain. After reaching a fork in the trail, you can continue left on Sugarloaf Mountain Trail or take a quick detour for about 0.2 miles to reach Balanced Rock. Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking views from this point!



After your hike, experience the best of downtown dining, or indulge in a personalized charcuterie board delivered to your cozy cabin at In the Trees. Embrace the upcoming fall weather!


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