1. Stargazing at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Of course we love to hike Pinnacle, but the park offers three amazing opportunities to view the night sky and the towering mountain while staying close to home. Star Parties happen one night a month, starting in April and running through the summer. The Central Arkansas Astronomical Society sets up giant telescopes in the parking lot for anyone to come view the night sky, free of charge. Stargazing Cruises allow you to hop on a pontoon boat and cruise Lake Maumelle with an astronomer to learn about the stars and constellations. These cruises have limited seating, so call now to reserve your spot. Meteor Shower Mania takes place for two nights in a row, in the month of August. Board the park’s pontoon boats to go out on the lake and enjoy the Perseid meteor shower. For more information, email: PinnacleMountain@Arkansas.com or call (501) 858-5806
2. Ranch North Woods Preserve
This preserve is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Ride your bike or walk along the trails through the fields and forests, fish from the bank, paddle down from Pinnacle Mountain and picnic along the shore, bird watch, try your hand at nature photography or just explore! This year, kiosks will be installed in the parking lot with trail maps and information that will be updated frequently with new things to do, trails and amenities. They also host a variety of field trips each month as well as a volunteer work day on the third day of each month. For more information, email RanchNorthWoods@tnc.org, follow them on Facebook or visit Nature.org/RanchNorthWoods.
3. Two Rivers Park
Bikers, runners, walkers, strolling parents, horseback riders, and bird and wildlife watchers are all welcome at Two Rivers Park. Gather the crew, or take a minute for yourself, on this nearly 1,000-acre park that sits at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Maumelle Rivers. The park hosts a 10k race every spring that is great for runners of all levels as the course is extremely flat. At night. the changing lights of the pedestrian bridge is a hit with kids and adults alike.
4. Food Trucks at Good Earth Garden Center
Good Earth Garden Center hosts an awesome food truck meet-up during the warmer months of the year. The food trucks roll into their lots the first Thursday evening of every month from spring to fall. For more info throughout the food-truck season, visit their Facebook page or TheGoodEarthGarden.com