Lorance Creek Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Little Rock, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Lorance Creek Natural Area is primarily a shallow, groundwater-fed swamp that spreads out along both sides of Lorance Creek. The natural area is situated at the transition zone between the sandy uplands of the Coastal Plain and the flat lowlands of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and includes examples of each. The entire system is a diverse mosaic of upland pine hardwood forest, open water, bald-cypress/tupelo swamp, beaver ponds, and sandy washes overlain with groves of swamp black-gum. All these features are inter-connected by a complex network of small streams and seeps, which support a rich aquatic flora. A portion of the natural area has been developed, using environmentally sensitive construction techniques, to enhance public visitation and environmental education opportunities. This part of the natural area features a paved foot-trail, interpretive panels, and a boardwalk out into the swamp. Both the foot-trail and boardwalk are universally accessible. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns adjoining property. A paved in-and-out trail begins at the natural area parking lot and takes visitors through an upland pine-oak forest. The trail gradually drops as the property transitions into bottomland. Interpretive panels give visitors information about the two different natural divisions and the ecosystems of the natural area. A boardwalk featuring an open water tupelo-bald cypress forest takes visitors into the swamp.
Short but very nice paved trail that transitions to an elevated boardwalk in the bald cypress and water tupelo swamp. This short trail has a lot of interpretive signs along the way. This little trail is great for a short leisurely walk and educational. Wildflowers seem to grow almost year round, and there are lots of birds to observe. Bring insect repellent!