Little Rock Debuts Mountain Bike Trail System at River Mountain Park

The city of Little Rock and the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation officially dedicated the opening of central Arkansas’ newest urban trail, Little Rock’s new trail system at River Mountain Park and the Gateway Trail and children’s bike skills area at Two Rivers Park coming soon.

“Our parks and outdoor recreation are some of Little Rock’s best attributes,” said Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. “These efforts not only increase quality of life in the region, but also show committed coordination from multiple organizations to make projects like this a reality for our community and those who visit.”

Little Rock’s new mountain bike park at River Mountain Park is the first professionally built trail in the city’s park system, with 10 miles of trails for both beginners and experts.

The new Gateway Trail and bike skills area at Two Rivers Park connect to other parts of Little Rock, including Pinnacle Mountain State Park Monument Trails by a shared lane on Pinnacle Valley Road.

To celebrate, the public is invited to a family-friendly community party in the park on June 19 to enjoy outdoor fun, food trucks, vendors and giveaways for the whole family. 

Work at all three parks in central Arkansas is supported by $2.6 million in grants from the Walton Family Foundation to the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation. 

“Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation’s mission is to add value to places that provide exceptional recreation experiences,” said Suzanne Grobmyer, executive director of the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation. “That mission is met through this project by activating two long-loved parks with a new recreational activity for people of all ages in the heart of two of Little Rock’s most beautiful parks.” 

Little Rock also has trail work in the plans for Boyle Park, Allsopp Park North and Western Hills Park, as well as a plan to connect seven of the city’s parks via the Tri-Creek Greenway.

“Our expansive trails system has long been a tremendous asset to recruit visitors to central Arkansas and played a key role in the quality of life for our residents. These new trails give us a world-class mountain biking element to add to our cycling portfolio,” said Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want Little Rock to be seen as a must-do destination for those who love the outdoors, cycling and mountain biking, and we know these new additions will play a key role in achieving that.” 

For more information on the trails, visit the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation website.

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