Springtime marks the occasion to leave your indoor cycling trainer behind to venture outdoors for fresh air, the challenge of hills and headwinds, and the opportunity to stop for food and drink. It’s also the perfect time to make a trip to Little Rock, to take advantage of southern hospitality and warmer weather.
Average low temperatures increase from 41 to 66 and highs from 61 to 85 from March to May in the city. Daylight Savings Time will begin on March 10 this year, providing more than 13 hours of sunlight for your spring rides.
The agreeable weather isn’t where it ends, though. Little Rock is the starting point for bicycle rides that vary in distance, difficulty, and surface type. Most notable is the 15-mile Arkansas River Trail. Running through the River Market, this route combines dedicated paved trail surfaces with pedestrian-friendly roads and passes in proximity to engaging attractions, such as the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum where you can tour an actual submarine, trendy restaurants and craft breweries such as Lost Forty.
Mostly flat, the Arkansas River Trail also crosses the Big Dam Bridge for spectacular views of the Arkansas River. Just a short distance east, however, mountain bikers can explore the new Monument Trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. These trails are built with the latest technology to improve ride enjoyment and sustainability. These new trails also take you to places never before accessible in the park.
A new visitor center at the state park features new indoor and outdoor exhibits, with its own trail entrance and the popular new Loblolly Outpost for small batch ice cream.
Little Rock is also the perfect place to launch your gravel cycling expedition. Located about an hour west of the city, Lake Sylvia Recreation Area challenges gravel grinders with intense climbs, exhilarating descents, and breathtaking views of the Ouachita Mountains.
You’ll also find yourself in the right place should your bicycle need some work (or should you just decide it’s time to upgrade!) Little Rock is home to multiple bike shops with capable service technicians and even on-site carbon repair. It’s not same day, but they can ship it back home to you.
You can refuel post-ride on one of many Little Rock establishments with patios or roll right up to one of our top-rated brunch options.