Explore the most popular river trails near North Little Rock with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great view of the capital at the end!

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.

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!

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.

it was nice and peaceful

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!

trail running
5 months ago

Enjoyed our run this afternoon. We we're looking for a paved trail since a major rain storm went through last night. It was well marked, a few restrooms, and highly trafficked. Would not mind to run again when we are in the area. #dirtbaggers #plantpowered #wfpb

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

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months 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!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

walking
8 months ago

simply beautiful in the fall

hiking
8 months 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.

We had to cut it short due to a thunderstorm coming in. This is a wonderful trail right in the city.

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
Tuesday, July 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
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!

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

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!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

better on a bike

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nice for biking. gets crowded.

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.

road biking
Monday, October 17, 2016

This is not Camp Robinson. This is the River Trail, a pedestrian only trail the straddles the river running from The Clinton Library to the Big Dam Bridge. It's a great road trail, entirely paved. Camp Robinson is an MTB trail located further northwest in North Little Rock.

road biking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

This trail is an awesome bike ride across and along the Arkansas river. Marked well to separate the bikers and walkers. Can be crowded at times, but is a great trail in the city!

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