Get back to nature and enjoy the fresh air. There are over 30 miles of natural, secluded trails within the gates of Hot Springs Village that offer the perfect setting for taking a quick run, a leisurely walk with the dog, a long bike ride, or simply exploring the natural beauty here. From neighborhood paths, to hiking trails, to multipurpose trails that provide a route for walkers, bikers, and golf cart riders, Hot Springs Village has it all.
Multipurpose Use Trails
Sonora-Calella (0.4 Mile One Way) – a hilly, hard surfaced path along the north side of DeSoto Boulevard from the DeSoto Recreation Area across Sonora and Emperado Way to Calella Road. Parking is available at the DeSoto Recreation Area, 209 DeSoto Boulevard.
Waypoint (0.7 Mile One Way) – running along the edge of Lake DeSoto and offering beautiful views of the lake, the trail begins at the Waypoint at DeSoto Marina parking area and continues along the shore past Los Lagos to Calella Road. Parking is available at Waypoint at DeSoto Marina, 120 Marina Road.
Coronado Fitness (1.0 Mile One Way) – an exhilarating multi-surfaced path that incorporates fitness stations along the trail for a full workout. The trail runs from the fitness center parking lot to the RV Park, ending at Lake Coronado and offers beautiful views of the Lake Pineda spillway creek and Lake Coronado. Parking is available at the fitness center, 160 Ponderosa Lane.
Balboa (2.1 Mile One Way) – an easy, mostly level trail with a hilly beginning, it consists of two loops starting at Balboa Beach, continuing along the lake’s spillway, then meandering under a canopy of hardwood and evergreen trees. One of its most thrilling views is from the bridge below the spillway. Parking is available at Balboa Beach, 476 Ponce de Leon Drive, and the commercial center at 410 Ponce de Leon Drive.
Cedar Creek (3.1 Mile One Way) – a beautiful wooded trail that encompasses three separate loops with a soft surface and level terrain, except for a slight incline on the Mourning Dove Path. This trail is a favorite for wildlife viewing and birdwatching and features a seasonal view of Cedar Creek. The three loops within the trail include Blue Bird Path, a 0.7 mile loop; Kingfisher Path, a 0.6 mile loop; and Cardinal Path, a 0.6 mile loop. Parking Lot A is located at 200 Minorca Road. Parking is also available on Lot B at the north end of the trail at Minorca Road and Coronado Drive across from the Coronado Baptist Church.
DeSoto Multipurpose (3.4 Mile Loop) – the oldest and first trail in the Village. It's not your ordinary trail as it serves as a network, connecting residential areas to the DeSoto Golf Course & Club, Pickleball Courts and the DeSoto Recreation Area. Main parking is available at the trailhead, north of the fire station, at 110 Calella Road. Additional limited parking is available along various intersections of the trail.
Hernando (8.6 Mile One Way) – the longest trail in the Village and parallels DeSoto Boulevard. The trail has a packed gravel surface and offers both level walking and some challenging hills. It is particularly steep on either side of Minorca Road. Parking is available at the Cortez Pavilion, 181 Carmona Road; POA Administration Building, 895 DeSoto Boulevard; and Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, as well as a few other convenient locations along DeSoto Boulevard. Mile markers run from east to west along the trail.
Cart & Bicycle Use
Cart & Bicycle use lanes are hard-surfaced paths, ideal for bike and golf cart use. Pedestrians should use caution on these trails.
Barcelona (1.2 Mile One Way) – the lane follows along the north shoulder of Barcelona Road and the east shoulder of Cortez Road from Santa Maria to Doscientos Way. It provides for golf cart travel to the Cortez Golf Course.
Carmona (1.1 Mile One Way) – the lane is on the east side of Carmona Road and travels from Desoto to Barcelona Road.
Santa Maria (1.3 Mile One Way) – following along the south shoulder of Santa Maria Road, the lane connects to the Barcelona Cart Lane, the DeSoto Multipurpose Trail, and the Waypoint Trail. It provides for golf cart travel to DeSoto or Cortez Golf Courses.
Walking and/or Bicycle Use
Magellan Beaver Dam
Magellan Beaver Dam (0.6 Mile One Way) – a unique, wetland nature trail, level with a natural surface, and located below the Balboa Dam off Cloaca Road. This is one of the best trails in the Village for bird watching and wildlife observation. A bird blind is located along the trail that overlooks the primary wetlands area. Parking is available directly before the HSV Animal Welfare League, 195 Cloaca Lane.
DeSoto Nature (1.2 Mile One Way) – a natural surface walking trail that includes two loops. The first loop is level, and the second loop has an easy uphill grade to a bench overlook. The trail features wooded hiking and beautiful views of Lake DeSoto while crossing the dam. Parking is available at DeSoto Park, 201 DeSoto Park Lane.
John & Mildred Cooper Preserve
John & Mildred Cooper Preserve – owned by the Nature Conservancy, the preserve is located off Rocoso Drive on a gravel access road. Signage is located at the entrance. There are three trails within the preserve: Saline River, Piney Woods, and Cooper. Preserve trails are all-natural surfaced paths. Parking is available for all preserve trails on the left along the access road.
Saline River (1.8 Mile One Way) – a Cooper Preserve trail that encompasses beautiful views of the middle fork of the Saline River. The trail can be accessed at the end of the access road or by taking the Piney Woods Loop and making a left at the fork and follow the trail signs.
Piney Woods (1 Mile Loop) – this Cooper Preserve trail offers a shaded walk with some hilly sections. This is a great section for wildlife viewing. The trail head is located directly at the preserve parking area.
Cooper (1 Mile Loop) – a Cooper Preserve trail with both wooded and river views. The trail head is located on the right of the access road past the parking area.
DeSoto Spillway (0.77 Mile Loop) – a natural surface path that follows the spillway waters on the south side from DeSoto Park Lane to the Lake DeSoto Spillway. The trail includes some rocky and uneven terrain and offers beautiful water views of Lake DeSoto. Parking is available at DeSoto Park, 201 DeSoto Park Lane.
Coronado Boat Ramp
Coronado Boat Ramp (0.35 Mile Loop) – bordering Lake Coronado, this is a great site for fishing and bird watching; an easy, level walk. Parking is available at the Coronado Boat Ramp off Murillo Lane.
Herradura (0.4 Mile Loop) – a short, level asphalt trail located in the Herradura subdivision. The trail is shaded by large trees and ideal for short walks. Limited parking is available on Herradura Way.
All kayak trails are located on Lake DeSoto
5.4 Mile Loop - Map
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Hot Springs Village has miles and miles of bicycle friendly paved roads. Ageless Bikers Club holds regularly scheduled rides and cycling events.
Test your mettle on one of the many mountain biking trails in our region for heart-pumping action, beautiful scenery and a workout you’ll remember. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recognizes trails and trail systems around the world with model mountain biking trails, and they have designated Hot Springs as a Regional Ride Center.
Hot Springs has three IMBA Epic Rides: the 33-mile Womble Trail, the 45-mile Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, and the 108-Mile Ouachita National Recreational Trail. Find more information on Hot Springs trails here.