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Pinnacle Mountain State Park is dedicated to environmental education, recreation, and preservation. Located just west of Little Rock, off of Pinnacle Valley Road, this natural environment with its diverse natural habitat was declared Arkansas's first state park adjoining a major metropolitan area in 1977. The 2,356 acre park operates as a day-use park only. Park interpreters and volunteers help visitors and students understand our relationship to the environment in the park. The parks most popular attraction is Pinnacle Mountain, a cone-shaped peak that sits above the Big Maumelle and Little Maumelle Rivers. The park offers features a variety of great hiking trails. The east side of the park allows mountain biking and has 8.5 miles of singletrack trails. There are two main parking areas and trailheads, the West Summit and the East Summit. Trails that start from the West Summit trailhead include the Kingfisher Trail and the West Summit Trail, which summits Pinnacle Mountain. Trails that start at the East Summit Trailhead include the base trail, which loops around the base of Pinnacle Mountain, and the East Summit Trail, which also leads to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain. There is also a short trail near the center of Pinnacle Mountain State Park within the Arkansas Arboretum called the Arkansas Trail. The park is the starting point for the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The park also offers picnic sites and a visitor center with breathtaking views of the Arkansas River. Autumn is a great time to visit the park, as it has a wonderful display of fall foliage.

It’s a nice local hike when in time crunch. Can stroll, run or fast walk this trail.

19 days ago

Take lots of water and take it slow:)

Great hike! Took my two year old in the pack so thank goodness for the benches along the way

Over 3 days , dave Boclair and I hiked 33 miles from hwy 7 to hwy 9. Slept in oak mountain shelter and brown creek shelter. Shelters were fantastic. Especially in rain. I really did not have to carry or set up tent. So much elevation change. Nothing is flat. Some water especially in low areas. Saw deer turkey and squirrels. Trail was well marked and logical.

mountain biking
25 days ago

This trail is labeled beginner and I am definitely a beginner biker but this trail was fairly difficult for myself because it is so rocky.

Nice view at the summit

This trail was challenging to say the least. But completely worth it once I got to the top. I went solo on this hike and once I hit the boulders is definitely challenged me, honestly wanted to turn around. But I’m glad I didn’t. It was work all of the sore muscles today!

For a hike that's less than an hour to summit, this is a great option. Fantastic views and a fun variety of terrain; the second half of the hike is filled with large rocks and is quite steep. There are two summits. The Western Summit Trail is definitely less strenuous than the East, but still challenging and steep. Very well maintained and marked. Water fountain available at the trailhead.

This is NOT a moderate trail. It most
Definitely needs to be marked as hard. But it was an awesome trail!!! Would not recommend to kids under 12!

Did it a few years ago when I was in better shape. Hope to do it again someday. It was difficult but definitely worth it.

Favorite hike in Arkansas. We take our dogs up here about once a month, and whenever we have friends or family visiting we take them as well. Short, but challenging. Well maintained. Can get crowded during peak hours, but the view at the top is always worth it.

Loved this hike. Pretty short trail.
Went up the easy side bc I had my dog. She loved it. Pretty crowded late on a Sunday afternoon but it was a rare 70 degrees in December. Definitely recommend this climb

Windy day yesterday. Lots of thorn bushes but challenging hiking!

Beautiful views and nice trail. A few sections of the trail are pretty rocky, but other than that it’s great for trail running.

nice trail but surface is rocky, and if lots of leaves accumulate, the uneven surface can be unpredictable for little hikers. Hiking with 2 kids (6, 8 yr old) and they did the trail without much trouble, but there were a couple falls and minor bruises. Overall a good trail w rolling hills. We saw several trail runners on it. If starting at the West side trailhead (near the playground) and you go counter-clockwise the trail markers count down from 28 to 1.

Awesome hike! Be ready for some climbing if you choose the East side. We chose to go back down the west, but I’ll go up the east from now one.

Busy, well maintained trail. The metal signposts 0-10 along the trail provide a good amount of encouragement to kids- and decrease the amount of “are we there yet?” & “how much further?” type questions. My 6 year old can get to the top without help, but does need some help on the descent.

Great and challenging trail! I enjoyed the east summit as I was especially surprised by how steep the incline was and the need to climb/boulder my way up. The boulders are extremely smooth at certain points making it difficult to grip with the nike combat boots I wore. Had I known about this I would had made a different choice with my footwear.

Good hiking path. Relatively smooth without a lot of rocks. Woods only view.

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