The Arkansas River Trail System connects a total of 38 different parks across the metropolitan area. These Arkansas parks offer a wide variety of recreational activities and facilities. Below are some of the most prominent parks in Arkansas accessible via the Arkansas River Trail System.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
This 2,356-acre Little Rock park is dedicated to environmental education, outdoor recreation and preservation. The park’s habitats range from high upland peaks to bottomlands. The cone-shaped Pinnacle Mountain rises more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley, and two trails lead hikers to the mountain’s summit. The park offers a wide variety of hiking trails and mountain bike trails, as well as canoe and boat tours, a playground, a fishing point, picnic sites, pavilions and launch ramps. The 71-acre Arkansas Arboretum is also on site, exhibiting native plants in each of the state’s six major natural divisions.
Two Rivers Park
This 1,000 acre Little Rock park consists of 450 acres of wooded wetlands and 550 acres of open fields where visitors can walk, ride bicycles, ride horseback and engage in family activities. The Garden Center offers plots for residents to rent for planting. The county also developed the Garden of Trees, which includes a variety of “Garden Rooms” including the Tupelo Foyer, the Great Lawn and Shumard Oak Allee and the Red Fall Room.
This 1,700-acre park, one of the largest city-owned parks in the country, features a pre-Civil War log cabin, a covered bridge, an accessible fishing pier, playgrounds, campgrounds, a 36-hole golf course, a 36-hole disc golf course, a soccer complex, tennis courts, trails, a seasonal amusement park, an archery range and a dog park.
North Shore Riverwalk Park
This 3.5-acre park sits on the north side of the Arkansas River and features lighted walkways and a jogging trail. Picnic sites and open play areas are also available. Every Memorial Day weekend, the park hosts Riverfest activities, as well as other events throughout the year.
The park features a Trail of Tears exhibit. The exhibit recognizes North Little Rocks geographic importance as a significant station along the Trail of Tears way west to Oklahoma during the relocation of Native American Tribes. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Native Americans passed through the area that is now North Little Rock during this forced relocation by the federal government.
This park features picnic areas, an 18-hole championship golf course and a free 9-hole executive course.
This 135-acre North Little Rock park includes a one mile walking trail and four scenic overlooks of the Arkansas River with breathtaking views.
Campbell Lake Park
This park offers multi-use trails (both paved and natural surface) and two lakes popular for wildlife observation and fishing.
Cooks Landing Park
This park offers access to the Murray Lock and Dam System and the Big Dam Bridge from the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. Fishing is also allowed on the riverbank (with a valid state fishing license).
Maumelle Park contains 129 campsites with water and electrical hookups, tables and grills, 8 pavilions, hot showers and 3 dump station. Four playgrounds are within walking distance from the camping area. A boat ramp is also available. Camping requires a fee year-round.
Riverfront Park spans eleven blocks on the south bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. Riverfront Park provides large areas for outdoor events, leisure activities and a glimpse of the state’s history. The Belvedere Pavilion and the Sunken Patio area are available for rental.