Want in on a Little (Rock) secret? Arkansas’s capital city is the state’s cultural and historic core, full of iconic attractions like the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Heifer International, Arkansas Arts Center, Robinson Performance Hall and more. What some may find surprising is that Little Rock hosts some of the most picturesque landscapes and adventure hot spots in Arkansas. Really? In such a big city? Yep. Little Rock holds its rightful place as an outdoor adventure hub in The Natural State, and here are just a few of the many reasons why:
Where there’s water: The Arkansas River runs right through the heart of Little Rock offering all kinds of kayaking and paddling opportunities. Don’t have a kayak or paddle? Rock Town River Outfitters has you covered. Other water activities include canoeing the Little Maumelle River and Fourche Creek, Arkansas’s largest urban wetlands spanning 1,800 acres.
It’s all cyclical: Little Rock is home to the Arkansas River Trail, a 17-mile multi-use loop along the waterway connected by multiple pedestrian and bike-friendly bridges (you can extend your ride to 80+ miles if you’re up for it). Also, check out Pinnacle Mountain State Park and our 62 city parks and recreation areas for awesome off-road biking trails and general outdoor grins. For a fun way to roll through downtown, rent a Segway or scooter.
Meet you at the top: For the rock climbing enthusiast, Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area are perfect. Both offer routes for all skill sets, and the breathtaking views are worth the effort every single time. It’s a side of Little Rock that’s often been overlooked… until now.
Walk this way: Brisk walks. Casual strolls. Find them here. Located in the River Market District, Riverfront Park is a 33-acre urban green space full of walking trails, sculpture gardens, kids’ splash pads, pavilions and La Petite Roche Plaza, named after the city’s namesake, The Little Rock. A little further west is the Big Dam Bridge, North America’s longest pedestrian- and bicycle-intended bridge. In fact, you can take your pick of crossing six bridges spanning the Arkansas River.
Pack your backpack, point your GPS to Little Rock and treat yourself to the real deal. An Urban Outdoor Adventure in a contemporary city with a wild, outdoorsy side awaits. We’ll reserve some fresh air for you.