With cool, crisp air and dazzling displays of autumnal foliage, fall is one of the best times of the year to explore the outdoors in Little Rock. Whether you’re a runner, a walker (or dog walker) or even a cyclist, Little Rock is full of outdoor trails just begging to be traversed. Here are a few of our favorites!
The 17-mile loop of the Arkansas River Trail connects the river fronts of both Little Rock and North Little Rock while also spanning the river’s beautiful banks. Natural bluffs, gorgeous parks, and breathtaking views of North America’s sixth longest river abound. A can’t-miss feature is the famous Big Dam Bridge, the longest pedestrian-intended bridge in North America.
Located in Pinnacle Mountain State Park, the Kingfisher Trail offers visitors of all ages the chance to take a leisurely walk through nature. The flat, hard-surfaced trail follows the meandering headwaters of the Little Maumelle River and features abundant wildlife and beautiful cypress trees.
Looking for something a little more strenuous? Hike to the top of Pinnacle Mountain, Central Arkansas’s highest point, using the East Summit trail. This trail requires navigating a large boulder field and is for the more experienced explorer, but the view at the top is well worth the effort. Those looking for an easier trip up the mountain should check out the West Summit trail, with its more relaxed route.
Located off a spur of the Arkansas River Trail, Two Rivers Park Trail connects Pinnacle Mountain State Park to the larger trail network. A beautiful bridge crosses the Little Maumelle River and, at night, is illuminated by LED lights bathing the structure in ever-changing patterns of color.
Right in downtown Little Rock is one of the city’s most fun trails. An elevated boardwalk roams through a beautiful wetland setting allowing visitors the chance to see aquatic wildlife right in the heart of the city. Be on the lookout for turtles, fish, frogs, and all sorts different waterfowl on your walk.