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.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 403 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

I parked in Emerald Park on top of the hill. I started by going down the hill on the dirt, switchback trail. This is a very rough path with lots of loose rocks that will require your attention. This is right at 1 mile. Once at the bottom turn left on the trail and walk along the river. This is a very nice walk and you will pass walkers, runners and bikers. After 1.5 Miles you turn left to walk back up the hill for about 1.2 Miles. Once at the top you walk along the edge of the hill with some very nice views of downtown and the Riverdale area. This is about 1.5 mile fairly flat walk that is mostly in the shade. As a 61 year old and 260 lb, man, this is a challenging walk that I really enjoy doing on weekends.

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Sun Oct 28 2018

Beautiful trail! There is a bridge out so plan on getting your feet wet if you want to do the whole loop.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Fun walk around the peaks by the river

hiking
Tue Jul 10 2018

A nice, long walk right next to downtown Little Rock. Critters and birds galor, My only wish would be a little more shade and an added water bubbler or two. Do bring water with, there are a couple on the path but they're spread out if you're just going for a casual walk and are from more northern climes like myself. All in all, time well spent and a great project to enjoy the riverfront.

hiking
Thu Dec 14 2017

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!

hiking
Thu Dec 07 2017

For dog walks, I usually go from the turn around on Riverfront Drive to the Murray Dog Park and my little corgi loves it. It is easy and quick for him, but if I want to do a more strenuous excursion that is an option as well.

hiking
Mon Nov 27 2017

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.

hiking
Tue Jul 18 2017

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.

hiking
Thu Feb 16 2017

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

hiking
Mon Jul 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.

hiking
Sun Apr 24 2016

Very pretty and well worth the hike!

hiking
Thu Mar 31 2016

Excellent! Love to see the view here.

walking
Sat Mar 26 2016

running
Sun Sep 27 2015

Good trail and great views from the top!

hiking
Sat Feb 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.

hiking
Wed Oct 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.

Thu Aug 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
Mon 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.

hiking
Wed Apr 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.

hiking
Sun Jan 26 2014

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

hiking
Thu Jul 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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