With its perfect mix of natural and urban landscapes, Little Rock is a dream destination for cyclists. There’s no shortage of awesome MTB trails or cycling routes to choose from when you’re deciding where to ride. To get you started, here’s a look at some of our favorite trails!
Arkansas River Trail
A “must see” for visitors and locals alike, this 17-mile loop begins at the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge in downtown Little Rock and runs west along the north and south sides of the Arkansas River. The trail is part of the larger Central Arkansas Trail System, a network of trails that extends to create a 36-mile loop through the Arkansas River Valley. The system connects 23 parks and 24 additional trails and attractions.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Home to two of Little Rock’s most popular mountain biking trails, Pinnacle Mountain State Park is an outdoors lover’s paradise right on Little Rock’s doorstep. Aside from the hiking trails around the base and to the top of Pinnacle Mountain itself, the park features the Rabbit Ridge and Jackfork trails. While the Rabbit Ridge trail is designed for beginners and families, the Jackfork trail offers over six miles of bridges, rises, and obstacles for advanced riders.
Wye Mountain Loop
A 37-mile loop that encircles Lake Maumelle just a few miles west of Little Rock, the trail is full of scenic lakeside vistas, rolling hills and more than a few heart-pounding climbs. Spring and fall are the most popular seasons on the trail. In spring riders flock to Wye Mountain to take in the annual blooming of thousands of daffodils, while fall offers dazzling views as the Ouachita Mountains are bathed in the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall foliage.
Riders looking for a ride closer to sea level are encouraged to visit Harper’s Loop trail. The 37-mile route takes rides from the heart of downtown North Little Rock on the banks of the Arkansas River to the Cyprus swamps and farmland of the Arkansas delta. Near the trail’s midpoint is Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park featuring the largest Native American burial mound complex in the state.
Not quite ready for mountain biking or a long-distance ride? Try a warm-up ride during Bike to Work Week! With 40% of car trips in the U.S. covering less than two miles, biking to work for a day, a week or even longer is a great way to show your commitment to sustainable, healthy and economic modes of transportation. Bike to Work Week and especially Bike to Work Day on May 17 is the perfect time to get reacquainted with the rules of the bike lane.
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