A classic Little Rock group ride is Harper’s Loop, an easy out-and-back that breezes by some of the state’s finest farmland. Rows and rows of cotton, corn, rice and soybeans line the road on this flat ride. From North Little Rock, start at the submarine at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and follow the signs for Harper’s Loop along the Arkansas River Trail to Hwy. 161. From there, travel a few miles south, and enjoy a beautiful stretch of riding under the shade of century-old pecan trees. Ride approximately eight miles east on Hwy. 232 (Walter Estes Road), and stop for a slice of homemade pie at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets in Keo. (Who knows? Pie watts could become a thing.) Head back the way you came, or ride north on Hwy. 165 to Scott. Some interesting stops here include Plum Bayou Mounds Archeological State Park, a National Historic Landmark that preserves Native American mounds and is now one of the largest archeological sites in the lower Mississippi River Valley; Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park and old Dortch cotton gin and seed warehouse.
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