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rocky
15 days ago

This was a good trail! We hit this one on our trip back home to break up the drive. My friend is still recovering from pneumonia so we only made it a mile in before heading back. Fun fact: there was a gazebo/lookout there at 1.1 miles which was a welcome surprise. It was just the right amount for a little break before getting back in the car. It’s quite rocky! And you’re climbing the elevation at the beginning. We saw woodpeckers, blue jays, squirrels, and deer. It was interesting because the river recently flooded and (at least in the parking lot) you could see the mark on the trees.

Nicely paved. Great views and also great for those in a wheelchair. the upper part accessed behind the college has beautiful views.

Amazing trail to get away and enjoy nature. We had our bikes and were able to find plenty of off trails. love looking off the cliffs. Relaxing and well taken care of as well! Will visit in the future.

hiking
3 months ago

My go-to when I want to peace and quiet. Absolutely beautiful and easily accessible, the best in LR in my opinion, if nothing else but for the lack of people you’ll see

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views, trail can be run, hiked, walked or biked.

3 months ago

It's beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, great views of town. nice bluffs overlooking Arkansas river. connected to river trail.

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rocky
4 months ago

Fun little trail. great views of little rock and the capitol building. history of the area is pretty interesting. lots of places off the trails that lead to cool finds, like waterfalls, graffiti covered tunnels and bunkers, just watch your step!

hiking
6 months ago

Great views of the city and state capital building!

on Emerald Park Trail

8 months ago

Good views

not open anymore

Great hike in the middle of Little Rock. the Views where spectacular. Will do this one again in the fall when the trees change colors.

This trail has some good shading. There are also some paths that branch off of this one that provided good views off a cliff side.

A little scary but incredible views and exciting exploration!

The risky path on the right has an excellent view.

hiking
11 months ago

Great view of the capital at the end!

MAKE SURE YOU PARK AT THE TOP This is one of my favorite spots in Central Arkansas. Unless you are seeking a strenuous, switchback filled trail up the hill, be sure to part at the upper trailhead located on Bay Oaks Dr behind Pulaski Tech. The view is incredible-especially considering how easy the walk is. I recommend going during the summertime, as the sun sets over Pinnacle Mountain, creating a gorgeous sight. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves some beautiful scenery.

Wish they would let people rock climb here

hiking
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I took Andreas advice below on the parking, perfect spot to park and start at the bridge. Loved the trail and views! Good distance! The beginning zigzag part is all rocks, some pretty large. There is a paved path all the way to the top but I took the wooded trail. The app definitely kept me from going too far off and being lost, thank goodness!

walking
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Word to the wise-take the Military road exit and head south (towards the river) on Championship Drive. As the road comes to an end, near the river, there will be Tournament drive on the right and some kind of road on the left-turn LEFT and take it as far as you can until you reach the parking area by Shillcutt’s bridge/bayou. ***Do not map it thru Scenic drive\Bay Oaks in NLR. It will drop you 100 yards away through which you have to bushwhack to try to find the start of the trail. We only found it because the good folks that have offices there, assisted us. Our helper also indicated that in the evening, they lock a gate and late hikers vehicles could get left behind the gate overnight. This is a poorly marked trail. It appears there are paved bike paths interspersed with trail switchbacks, so it can be hard to know which is the actual trail. To begin, head away from the parking and over the bridge. 50-75 yards later, you will see a dirt trail on the left and that begins the ascent. It’s a nice trail, not too difficult and it rewards you with some incredible views to enjoy. I would suggest that even those with mobility concerns could tackle this one (I would just stick to the paved portion) because the best view/overlook is paved to the edge. Happy hiking!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Great trail. Switchbacks make it a little more Than easy. I’d rate it moderate due to those. Very beautiful views.

on Emerald Park Trail

hiking
Sunday, December 17, 2017

walking
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

simply beautiful in the fall

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

I loved the scenery but I wish I knew of a better place to park because my car was broken into!

walking
Monday, August 07, 2017

I kept waiting for the part of this trail that makes its rating moderate and it never came. It is mostly flat and fully paved. So, save the tread on your trail running shoes unless you consider the neglected asphalt rough terrain. There were a few good views on the trail and it is mostly tree-covered. It does, however seem to be the local hangout for teenagers to come and smoke.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Enjoyable little hike with amazing views. Enter through Burns Park, the way Google maps trys to take you isn't accessible.

walking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

It starts off as a little mountain hike and then you're met with a long winding paved walkway. Beautiful changing scenery throughout the entire trail [unlike mt Pinnacle or the river trail which are nice but stay somewhat the same from beginning to end] and several peaks that lookout onto the river. I started sometime in the afternoon and didn't leave until dusk. I could probably go in the morning and turn it into an all day thing. Very satisfied with this trail.

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great views! On a clear day you can see Pinnacle Mountain from the top of the quarry. Everyone was very friendly, easy day hike!

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