Arkansas River Trail

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Arkansas River Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Little Rock, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles
403 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


2 days ago

This was a satisfying but easy hike! Make sure to follow the map because trails are not marked, and the walk back is basically on the side of the road, but for being so close to downtown and the great weather, it was worth it!

19 days ago

We chose this trail based on the reviews. It was great! The weather was perfect, we didn't see many others on the path. It was hard to see the trail to come back down. When you pass the two benches facing downtown there is a short while pole and that's where you will start your descent. We did go off the path when we reached the top and caught some awesome views.

4 months ago

Awesome trail with awesome view right in the middle of the city. Probably more like 6 miles round trip. The trail down from the top at the VA is not marked and looks like a small beat down trail from the main path. Easy to miss, so just be on the lookout.

9 months ago

Easy, paved path. Great views and a lot of exploring to do at the bottom of the quarry.

Monday, July 11, 2016

No trail signs and this ended up being over a six mile walk. Clearly I wasn't prepared or didn't follow the signs but I will be back again. Great views of little rock and pinnacle.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Very pretty and well worth the hike!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Excellent! Love to see the view here.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

trail running
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Good trail and great views from the top!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

We took our two dogs to Emerald Park today. Hadn't been since I was a teenager in the 80's. It's a beautiful place that not too many people know about. They could definitely make some repairs to fencing and add some trash bins along the way.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

This is a nice little trail that zigzags back and forth through the woods. It isn't very challenging and would be good for newer hikers. To get the best views, I think you need to go on the paved trail though.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Love this trail all year round, but especially in fall! It is beautiful and has a great view of the river. Additionally, the back and forth of the trail is fantastic for taking dogs and letting them do a bit of running free.

road biking
Monday, May 05, 2014

This was our second time up here, and this time we biked from the Emerald Park trailhead/parking lot around the paved pathway that goes through the woods and around the edge of the hilltop. Instead of going back along the bike trail, we cut through the VA grounds/Pulaski Tech campus to get back to the trailhead. Riding through the woods was beautiful; definitely stop at a couple of the lookouts there and you will see great views of Pinnacle Mountain and the precipice trail. Once you get out of the woods, there are fantastic views of the Little Rock skyline and capitol in the distance. There are also a couple of places with benches to stop and rest/enjoy the view. All of this part is a pretty easy ride. If you turn around and go back on the bike trail, it will be pretty uphill in the wooded area though. The VA grounds also look like a nice place to ride around and check out the old buildings from Fort Roots.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We did not hike the entire paved road trail on this trip, but we did hike through the woods out to the rocky peninsula/bluffs. It's the trail that goes just behind the gazebo with benches. It's a challenging hike, and very different than most we go on. You need to be on your toes because you are walking on a narrow strip of rocky hillside with a VERY steep drop on both sides. It's fenced in on either side at first, but then the fencing ends part way out. The views are great, and it's definitely a unique experience! There is a bit of climbing/clambering down involved if you want to go out to the furthest point. View of the capitol on one side and Pinnacle mountain on the other. I've seen photos of the bluffs with waterfalls on them, but apparently you have to go *right* after a rain to see that.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Great hike. Uphill going but not too bad.. Got the heart pumping. Great views of the river. Easy hike back down.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This trail begins with a series of switchbacks leading to some impressive bluffs and great views of the Arkansas River and Pinnacle Mountain. The trail (not the paved walkway) passes through a wonderful forest-like area with a seasonal stream, then continues along a rocky path before connecting with a paved road near the residences on the old VA Hospital grounds. Nice views of downtown Little Rock from the southern end of the trail (where there are several benches to relax before heading back). From there, take same route (or paved walkway) back to starting point OR take switchbacks down to connect with River Trail (multiuse) and return to starting point.

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