Arkansas Trails

Arkansas Trails is a series of 1-minute spots on hiking, biking, and paddling in the Natural State. The series is created by Johnnie Chamberlin, the author of Trails of Central Arkansas and Trails of Little Rock

Johnnie has a website,, and a Twitter Feed

The theme song for Arkansas Trails is performed by the Arkansas band The Cons of Formant

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A pedestrian and bicycle trail that runs alongside Coleman Creek through the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is now open.

On Monday, local leaders and school officials celebrated completion of the project with a dedication ceremony. The trail links 19th Street on the north side of campus, with Asher Avenue to the south.

A broad coalition of groups and businesses came together to work on the project. UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson also credited Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines for his efforts.

Emerald Park

Oct 16, 2013

Located in North Little Rock - sandwiched between Burns Park, Pulaski Tech, Ft. Roots, and the VA - Emerald Park is a hidden gem offering stunning views of Little Rock, the Arkansas River, and Pinnacle Mountain.

It has both paved and unpaved trails that range from smooth, flat and easy to rough and steep.

The trails in Emerald Park connect to the River Trail and make for a nice scenic detour for pedestrians and mountain bikers.

The trails can be accessed from two parking areas: One off Ft. Roots Dr. and the other located off Marge Gardner Lane behind Pulaski Tech.

Buffalo River

Oct 16, 2013
The Buffalo River

The Buffalo River, America's first national river, flows 150 miles through northern Arkansas from its headwaters in the heart of the Boston Mountains to its confluence with the White River not far from Mountain Home.

The river and surrounding parkland offer numerous recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, and camping.

There's also fishing, birdwatching, and of course paddling ranging from serious whitewater to relaxing floats suitable for beginners and inner tubers.

Razorback Greenway

Oct 16, 2013

The 37-mile Razorback Greenway is a paved regional trail that, when complete, will connect Fayetteville, Johnson, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers and Bentonville.

Roughly half of the trail is in place, and you can already bike or walk long sections of it in Fayetteville and Bentonville; including very scenic stretches around Crystal Bridges Museum and Lake Fayetteville.

Village Creek State Park

Oct 16, 2013

Located on Crowley's Ridge, Village Creek State Park has numerous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The park is the second largest in the state and offers swimming, golf, fishing, boat rentals, and camping. There are also basketball and tennis courts.

The ridge's unique soils and high elevation compared to surrounding floodplains and deltas allow it to support species not commonly found elsewhere in the state. It is interesting to find a forest full of tulip trees, sugar maples, and beeches here in Arkansas as these are more common farther north.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Oct 16, 2013
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Located at the western edge of Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park is well-known for its challenging hikes and great views.

However, many people are unaware that the park also has short easy walking paths, two mountain biking trails, an arboretum, and multiple options for scenic floats.

It serves as one end of the 223-mile Ouachita Trail.

The Rabbit Ridge and Jack Fork mountain biking trails are located near the Visitors Center.

Camp Robinson Special Use Area

Oct 16, 2013
Camp Robinson Special Use Area

Camp Robinson Special Use Area is located east of Mayflower on Hwy 89, near Grassy Lake.

In addition to over 15 miles of horse and hiking trails, this 4-thousand acre management area has great places to fish, hunt, camp, train hunting dogs, and practice archery. 

Thanks in part to the long-term use of controlled burns, the special use area contains a great diversity of habitats including prairies, open forest, wetlands, lakes, and dense pine forest making it a great place for birding.

Burns Park

Oct 16, 2013

Occupying 17-hundred acres of western North Little Rock, Burns Park is home to baseball fields, an amusement park, a BMX course, dozens of soccer and ultimate frisbee fields, a campground and miles and miles of paved and unpaved, bike, equestrian, and pedestrian trails.

Located at the Military Dr. exit off of Interstate 40, the park is a great place for mountain biking, with miles of challenging trails designed with bikes in mind. If you are looking for an easy stroll, try the mostly flat, unpaved, and forested yellow trail in the northwest corner of the park.

Allsopp Park

Oct 16, 2013

Covering two valleys between the Hillcrest and Riverdale neighborhoods of Little Rock, Allsopp Park has miles and miles of dirt trails crammed into two separate relatively small areas.

There are numerous access points to the trails off of Kavannaugh Blvd., Cedar Hill Rd., and Lookout Street.

The southern portion of the park is the larger of the two and is more developed with restrooms, tennis courts, ballfields, pavilions, and some paved trails.

Be on the lookout for quirky works of art in the woods and a geocache.

The Ouachita Trail (The OT)

Oct 16, 2013

Starting at Pinnacle Mountain and running 223 miles west to Talimena State Park in Oklahoma, the Ouachita Trail, often called “The OT”, is one of the longest and most challenging hiking trails in the state.

Heading west from Pinnacle, the trail runs along the north shore of Lake Maumelle.

It then goes through some private property and into the Ouachita National Forest, where it passes near Lake Silvia - a great place to take a swim break.

The trail then passes through the Flatside Wilderness Area and much later through Queen Wilhelmina State Park.