The Arkansas River Trail winds through downtown Little Rock, where it passes the Clinton Presidential Center.

In case you haven’t looked at a calendar lately, it’s prime time for getting outside and enjoying the best of the season. But no matter the time of year, one golden feature locals enjoy year round is the Arkansas River Trail.

With this much access to the Arkansas River streching from downtown to Pinnacle Mountain, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by staying indoors, so instead, here's a list of some of the best stops along the River Trail for biking, picnicking, walking Fido and more.

Happy adventuring, Little Rock!

 

1. Julius Breckling Riverfront Park

Popular with families, this section of the trail in downtown Little Rock provides plenty of pit stops for families, including a playground with tunnels and climbing boulders, two splash pads and the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden. Other amenities: Restrooms and water fountain. 

 

2. Big Dam Bridge

Your heartbeat will start pumping as you make your way across the longest pedestrian bridge in the world built solely for recreation. In the daytime, get a glimpse of Pinnacle Mountain, while nighttime brings a stellar LED lightshow that illuminates the bridge’s exterior. Other amenities: Bike Fix-it Station, restrooms and water fountains at the base of the bridge on each side.

 

3. Two Rivers Park & Two Rivers Park Bridge

This pedestrian bridge connects River Mountain Park to Two Rivers Park, a 1,000-acre expanse of wooded wetlands, open fields and even a Garden of Trees, which showcases native trees. Other amenities: Bike Fix-it Station and water near the base of the bridge; Bike Fix-it Station, restroom and water fountain near the intersection of Two Rivers Park Road and County Farm Road.

 

4. Murray Park

Just down from the Big Dam Bridge, Murray Park's pavilions and picnic tables are a popular stop for birthdays and cookouts. Plus, there’s a dog park, workout station, playground, soccer fields, archery targets, fishing spots, a canoe launch and more. Other amenities: Restrooms and water fountain.

 

5. Clinton Presidential Center 

Closing the loop at the east end of the trail is the Clinton Presidential Center and the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, a former railroad bridge that was converted into a walking and cycling path. Pause at the top to take in the view of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River, or look for wildlife in the William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands below.

 

A version of this article originally appeared in Litttle Rock Family magazine.