Explore the Arkansas River Trail

Since the weather in Downtown Little Rock will be nice today, you should consider a trip to the Big Dam Bridge. If you haven’t rode the Arkansas River Trail atop a bicycle with the wind blowing through your hair, you’re really missing out on life. This trail is one of the greatest perks of living downtown and it’s a great way to meet people if you’re new to our community. You can bike, run, or walk to explore all 21 miles of this adventurous trail, or just pick your favorite part for a short day adventure.

A great place to start your tour, especially if you don’t own a bicycle, is Bobby’s Bike Hike in the RiverMarket District. As you head out of downtown, it’s an easy ride to the Riverdale District and past Rebsamen Park. From there, you will hit Murray Park where you can stop off for a picnic or go to the dog park. After that, you will see the Biggest Dam Bridge you have ever seen as you cross the Big Dam Bridge, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America which towers 90 feet above the rush of the Arkansas River.

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After the BDB, you will run into Two Rivers Park where you will often find deer grazing. Next, cruise through Maumelle Park where you can hike, fish, camp, or even play a little basketball. If you’re not tired yet, you can cruise through Pinnacle Valley all the way up to Pinnacle Mountain.

When you get back to the Big Dam Bridge, veer off to the left to go over the bridge to ride through the beautiful bluffs of the North Little Rock side. Stop at Burns Park for a round of disc golf or a a ride at the BMX track. Past this, you will find Emerald Park and Big Rock Quarry where you can hike up a trail leading to the bluffs for the best view of the city skyline and the river. Ride by the USS Razorback as you make your way towards the Argenta District of North Little Rock. Here, you can grab a bite to eat or make your way to the North Shore River Walk Park. After the park, cross back to Little Rock at the Junction Bridge or Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.

When you get back downtown, stop by Riverfront Park to cool off at a splash pad or play at the park before you make your way to the RiverMarket District. Here, you can find a bunch of great places to stop in and grab a snack, or you can find some family fun at the Nature Center or the Museum of Discovery. Come to downtown Little Rock and see what we have to offer!

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