Arkansas’s official state nickname is “The Natural State,” and nowhere else is that more evident than Little Rock. The city’s unique positioning, on the bank of the Arkansas River and at the edge of both the Ouachita Mountains and the Mississippi Delta, means that almost every landscape imaginable is just a short distance away. Little Rock’s abundant parks and green spaces are the city’s most natural resource, and chief among these is the Arkansas River Trail, a 14-mile loop that lets visitors walk, run, bike and hike on both the north and south sides of the river. Little Rock has more than 1,200 miles of cycling trails just waiting to be explored.
To the city’s west is Pinnacle Mountain State Park, the highest point in Central Arkansas, offering bird’s-eye-views of downtown Little Rock. Nearby is Rattlesnake Ridge, a protected natural area with some of the region’s most exciting climbing, mountain biking and hiking trails. And if you’re the kind of person who prefers their adventures to happen a little closer to sea level, grab your paddle and rent a kayak or canoe to explore downtown Little Rock on the Arkansas River or the quiet wilderness of the Little Maumelle River.