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Jacksonville is in the center of Arkansas within 15 minutes of Little Rock, the capital city. Whether you stay for a day, a week, or a lifetime, you will find plenty of exciting activities in the Heart of Arkansas to fill your leisure time.

Arkansas River Trail

Along the Arkansas River, Little Rock and North Little Rock

The Arkansas River Trail System is a tribute to outdoor recreation, conservation, wellness and the diverse geographies of Central Arkansas that creates an expansive 88-mile loop through the Natural State, including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway. A loop from the Clinton Presidential Bridge via NLR to the Big Dam Bridge and back to the Clinton Bridge via LR is 15.6 miles.

This award-winning community effort winds its way across the entire metropolitan area, through Little Rock and North Little Rock, connecting 38 parks, six museums and 5,000+ acres of federal, state and local parkland. Thousands of hikers, cyclists, skaters, joggers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts flock to the trail to explore its diversity of habitats, landscapes and activities. Expansive and of primarily flat-terrain, the trail offers recreational opportunities for people of all ages, fitness levels, interests and health conditions.

Biking

The trail offers excursions for Arkansas cycling enthusiasts of all sorts. Riders can cruise over the elevated Junction Bridge and take in the sights of the Arkansas River, or meander their way to Two Rivers Park, 1,000 acres of wooded wetlands and open spaces. Biking in Arkansas is at its best on the expansive river trail.

Those looking for bike trails in Arkansas will find three specific routes designed for cyclists. These include:

  • The 16 miles of the original Arkansas River Trail, a loop that coasts from the Clinton Bridge to Two Rivers Park Bridge, through the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock.
  • The 34 mile route to Pinnacle Mountain State Park that begins at the Clinton Bridge. This Arkansas cycling excursion passes through Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County with many options for traveling these trails.
  • The 88.5 mile Grand Loop is a mix of off-road paved trails, bike lanes and rural roadways of mostly flat but sometimes challenging terrain. It runs through Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Faulkner County and Perry County as well as Maumelle, Mayflower, Conway and Bigelow. Some parts of the trail allow optional routes for bikers, providing short cuts, various scenic routes and methods of traveling the trail.

Walking

With a primarily flat surface, the original Arkansas River Trail from the Clinton Presidential Bridge to and throughout Two Rivers Park is designed to facilitate a comfortable, aesthetically appealing experience for strollers of all speeds. Whether it's speed walking, dog walking or just an afternoon stroll, there are few spots that offer more diverse options than the Arkansas River Trail System.

Walkers can find noteworthy landmarks and picturesque points throughout the length of the paved pathway, from the healthy exhibitions on the Medical Mile to the rustic brush of Two Rivers Park.

Wherever visitors begin or end their treks they'll be surrounded by the natural beauty of Arkansas' landscape while exploring these unique Arkansas trails.

Running & Jogging

Runners can sprint the towering Big Dam Bridge, the longest of its kind in the U.S. designed solely for foot and bike traffic, or tread past heavily forested parks, glistening green golf courses and expansive stretches of wilderness.

Nature & Wildlife

Visitors can spot the long-tailed scissortail flycatcher stretching its wings or watch groundhogs burrowing away. Great blue herons, quail, mallard ducks, raccoons, possums, egrets, turtles and skunks are a few of the other diverse species of Arkansas wildlife visible along the trail. Deer can often be spotted in Campbell Lake Park, Two Rivers Park, Burns Park, by the Little Maumelle River, near the Little Rock Golf Course and along all trails in the area.

Cardinals are also a frequent sight. These red beauties prefer brushy woodlands, streamside thickets, orchards, swamps, suburban gardens and parks, and like to roost and nest in dense thickets, evergreens and privet hedges.

Cardinals are known to eat over a hundred types of fruits and seeds in the wild, including brambles, sumac, cherry, dogwood, grape, mulberry, blueberry, elderberry, tulip tree, hackberry, and Russian olive. They also use many of these plants for nesting. Since these varieties are found throughout the trail, wildlife watching enthusiasts have an excellent chance of seeing some of these avian beauties.

Geese are also frequent sights along the trail, but visitors are asked not to feed them. Some of the trail's best locations for Arkansas wildlife watching include Two Rivers Park and Burns Park.

Arkansas Skatium

1311 Bowman Road
Little Rock, AR 72211
501-227-4333

Fun for the entire family. Skating Rink and Ice Arena.

Big Dam Bridge

7700 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock / 501-340-6800

Experience the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in the World, built specifically for that use. Named the Big Dam Bridge because of its massive 4,226 foot span built atop Murray Lock and Dam.

Bobby's Bike Hike

400 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock / 501-613-7001

Bobby's Bike Hike offers bike tours and rentals of Central Arkansas for a variety of interests, ages, and fitness levels. Guided Bicycle Tours & Rentals appropriate for a variety of ages, interests, and skill levels. Bikes Provided.

Clinton Presidental Center and Park

1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock / 501-374-4242

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center includes America's newest Presidential Library housing the largest archival collection in American presidential history.

Clinton Presidental Park Bridge

Grounds of the Clinton Presidential Clinton Library, Little Rock / 501-3744-4242

The former Rock Island Railroad Bridge, built in 1899, was renovated into a ramped pedestrian pathway to compliment President Clinton's vision for his Presidential Center - a veritable Bridge to the Future.

Junction Bridge

Riverfront Park, Little Rock

As an integral part of the Six Bridge skyline and riverfront development in both Little Rock and North Little Rock, the Junction Railroad Bridge for pedestrian and bicycle use, links both sides of the Arkansas River Trail.

Little Rock Climbing Center

12120 Colonel Glenn Road, #7000, Little Rock / 501-227-9500

The Little Rock Climbing Center is the premier indoor rock climbing gym in Central Arkansas.

MacArthur Park

503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock

MacArthur Park is the city's oldest municipal park. This historic downtown park houses the Arkansas Arts Center and MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

Peabody Splash Park - Riverfront Park

202 La Harpe Boulevard, Little Rock / 501-375-2552

Peabody Splash Park is a unique play environment, designed with help from children; it encourages imagination, exploration and discovery.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd., Roland / 501-868-5806

Spend the afternoon at one of Arkansas' prettiest spots.

Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott / 501-961-1409

Plantation Agriculture Museum interprets historic cotton agriculture in Arkansas from statehood in 1836 through World War II, when agricultural practices quickly became mechanized; the museum depicts how cotton was grown, picked and processed.

Riverfront Park

Ottenheimer Plaza, Little Rock / 501-371-4770

Riverfront Park stretches eleven blocks on the south bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, arguably one of the best public parks in the country.

Two Rivers Park

County Farm Road, Little Rock / 501-371-4770 The 1000-acre park, located in West Little Rock, has many amenities including bike trails, walking trails, gardens, and abundance of wildlife, as well as the new pedestrian bridge that connects to the Arkansas River Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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