Emerald Park Trail

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Emerald Park

Emerald Park Trail is a 5.5 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: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

running

forest

partially paved

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
2 days ago

This was a beautiful trail. It wasn’t too difficult and it led out along the ledge and you could see for miles. The cliffs were gorgeous!! We stopped and hammocked near one of the overlooks and it was perfect. Definitely worth it.

21 days ago

Nice and shaded hike with a beautiful overlook of the river! Paved path is great for biking and takes you down to the river; while the off beaten path zig-zags down to burn park. Offers a decent work out.

hiking
22 days ago

Great paved walking path! We bypassed the first mile, and the 4.5 miles of our walk was definitely stroller-friendly. We attempted the first mile a week ago, and it was a hike. My guess is that part is what makes this trail ranked as moderate. If you need an entirely paved trail, access is located near Pulaski Tech at Marge Gardner Lane. When you get to the fork in the path, go left. The road ends at a gate located on VA property. To see the views, you will need to venture a few feet off of the paved path.

24 days ago

soo...not very clear on that there are 2 accesses? and walking we come across 2 paths, 1 left, 1 right....we went right qnd saw the pretty views but I was confused bc i thought maybe we were supposed to go left? turned back around, went left....and it was a never ending paved road? after a while we just turned bqck around qnd left. there weren't any signs or maps anywhere. the directions off this map qnd google were different and idk....gotta say very disappointed. was still pretty but with the comments and pics, I feel like this just wasn't what everyone hyped it up to be

hiking
24 days ago

Definitely a hidden gem in Little Rock! Love this trail, I took the hiking trail along the cliffs, it travels through the woods down through a creek and around toward fort hood. I felt like I was far from the city. Nice trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

Turtles, tortoises, lizards, plenty of birds, lots of off trail trails, beautiful quarry view. Hiked with 5 and 8 years old.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

great cliff view overlooking the river

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail on a beautiful day! The cliffs are a VIEW, wow! For such a beautiful Sunday, we really weren’t that close to other people. Maybe had to pass a few on the narrower off-path type trails, but was still not too populated. Parking was easy and easy to find by using the directions in the app!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy access. Easy hike. Easy to find. Great parking. My 3 year old has hiked it several times. I’ve taken my 10 month in the backpack as well and could easily make it up to the top. There is a gazebo at the top and you can continue around the top of you would like. Takes about 1 hour up and down (walking at a child’s pace). We chose to take the dirt path and not walk on the paved path because it is heavy with bikers.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and beautiful views!

Easy walk. Paved the whole way, Pulaski Tech on one side, Arkansas River views on the other.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views! You can walk on the pavement or a dirt trail along the cliffs. Pretty busy trail! It doesn’t loop so you have to turn around and walk back. It is alittle over 5 miles but the app stopped recording us twice. Overall it was a great walk.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

saw deers and a great overlook of little rock

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite daily hike. Very relaxed and easy with beautiful views.

5 months ago

Loved this trail! a lot of cliff points where you can sit and see the views. well marked and easy to follow

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Once you get past the first section it is a very easy trail. Nice views! Very leafy and slippery currently.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail with some pretty views. Almost entirely paved, except for the beginning. On the easy side of moderate.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Descent paved trail. The switch backs are the start are rocky dirt. But still quite doable.

hiking
8 months ago

Great 2 miles , passes by a training facility For police I believe it was, so you may hear gun shots but they are inside, don’t be startled. Dogs can do this path, good views.

hiking
8 months ago

The majority is paved, so it's not super strenuous. The best view is before the overlook, if coming from Burns Park. There's an unmarked trail off to the right that leads to a cliff - best view of the hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice little hike. There are some scenic overlooks before the one that's marked on the trail map that are better in my opinion. But overall a nice hike. I hiked up to the paved trail and jogged to the overlook. It was a nice challenging run as well.

running
9 months ago

running
10 months ago

Great running trail w spectacular views. Challenging slopes. Light pedestrian traffic.

hiking
10 months ago

once you hit pavement the hike is over. after that it's paved sidewalk not much view after

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