Temperatures have dropped, leaves have fallen and our calendars are quickly filling up. It's time to take a breather and head to one of these local trails.
If the Toltec Mounds are one of those lived-here-for-years-but-never-seen attractions, now’s your chance to change that. Located in Scott, this loop clocks in at about three quarters of a mile and makes for an easy trip. More info here.
Plum Bayou Trail
If you’re looking for something a little more lengthy, but still want to learn about the area’s history, the Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park has a second trail that offers 1.5 miles in a figure-eight loop. More info here.
West Summit Trail
If you’re totally in it for the views, Pinnacle Mountain State Park is your answer. Incredible scenes of Lake Maumelle, the Arkansas River Valley, the Ouachita Mountains and west Little Rock await at the top, but be prepared for a bit of a climb on this 1.5-mile route. More info here.
East Summit Trail
If you’re hungry for a challenge, opt for the East. Hikers can expect 1.5 miles of much more actual rock climbing and crossing several boulder fields. It may not be for the faint of heart, but the payoff is huge. More info here.
It's pick your poison at this system of trails just west of Pinnacle. Hikes range from the easy Cliffbrake Trail to the difficult Mountain Boomer Trail. Either way, you don't want to skip the ridge, aka "one of the most dramatic rocky summits in the eastern Ouachita Mountains." More info here.
Emerald Park Trail
If you want a little bit of everything, head for this 2.7-mile trail in North Little Rock. You’ll get some paved paths, some natural paths and some climbing rocks, if you’re so inclined — plus some pretty stellar bluff views. More info here.
Burns Park Trails
If the goal is to make a whole day of it, head to Burns. There are multiple routes to choose from with 4.6 miles of paved trails and 12.5 miles of unpaved trails. The best part? Most of them are connected so you can plan out your own route. More info here.