Emerald Park Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Emerald Park Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
554 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

rocky

The Emerald Park Trail follows a bluffline along the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River and offers stunning scenic overlook views of the Arkansas River, the Little Rock skyline, and an old quarry. Most of the trail is paved and fairly flat, but there are many unpaved spurs that provide additional access points or scenic views. Note that the bluffs are not completely isolated and one could easily fall off a cliff - please obey signage and keep a close eye on small children in these areas. On the northern end of the trail, access is gained via an old rocky switchback road that connects to the Arkansas River Trail near the boat launch.

hiking
10 days ago

Great view of the capital at the end!

18 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Wish they would let people rock climb here

hiking
1 month ago

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
2 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

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!

Monday, January 16, 2017

This is accessible from my home and I have completed it many times. Beautiful viewed of the city and easy for all ages and skill levels!

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Great trail! Nice views of Little Rock skyline, lots of wildlife!

walking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Great walking trail that offers stunning views. Access from River Trail access is rocky and strenuous. But there are lots of access point options to your liking. Please be careful with small children as there several exposed cliffs along the trail.

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