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Pinnacle Mountain State Park - Day Hike Trails

Arkansas Trail (E-5) Handicap Accessible

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 6/10 mile
Time: 3/4 - 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty Comments: Wheelchair accessible

Brochure: Available at visitor center and trailhead

Location: Exit No. 9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Ark. 10, then go two miles north on Ark. 300

Description: This paved loop trail with numerous benches is the center of the 71-acre Arkansas Arboretum. Audio sign panels interpret the variety of woody plants and trees found in the six natural divisions of Arkansas.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

Base Trail (E-5)

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 1.25 miles
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Location: Exit 9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Ark. 10, then go two miles north on Ark. 300

Description: A gently rolling to flat trail through upland forest and floodplain hardwoods. From the boat launch in the West Summit picnic area to the East Summit trail head, the path leads from the edge of the Little Maumelle River through the boulder strewn eastern base of Pinnacle Mountain. A challenging three mile loop awaits those who choose to hike the base trail and over Pinnacle Mountain using the East & West Summit rails.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

East Quarry Trail (E-5)

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 1/2 mile
Time: 3/4 hour
Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Exit #9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Hwy. 10, then go two miles north on Hwy. 300

Description: This trail is a 1/2 mile spur from the midpoint of the Rocky Valley Trail. It leads to the estern portion of the park and climbs a steep hillside to another quarry area which offers a rock-lined overlook with dramatic vistas of Pinnacle Mountain and the Arkansas River Valley.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

East Summit Trail (E-5)

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 1.5 miles
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous

Description: The trailhead is in the southeast corner of the East Summit Parking Lot on Pinnacle Valley Road. Walk about 10 yards down the trail to the junction, take the right fork and follow the RED and WHITE blazes. This is the more rugged 3/4-mile ascent to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain and requires crossing several boulder fields. Allow 1 to 2 hours depending on weather for this 1 1/2-mile round trip workout. Remember, when you reach the summit there is another trail that would lead you AWAY from the East Summit Parking Lot, so be sure to follow the same RED and WHITE blazes for the shortest descent back.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

Kingfisher Trail (E-5) (National Recreation Trail) Handicap Accessible

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 1/2 mile
Time: 1/2 - 3/4 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty Comments: Wheelchair accessible

Brochure: Available at visitor center and trailhead.

Location: Exit No. 9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Hwy. 10, then go two miles north on Hwy. 300

Description: This hard-surfaced loop trail winds through the floodplain of the Little Maumelle River. Unique plants, wildflowers, animals and birds can be seen here. Along the river, large cypress trees filter sunlight into this special bottomland forest. Birdwatchers will enjoy exploring this trail early in the morning.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

Ouachita National Hiking Trail (E-5) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: The section of this 222 mile trail that is in Pinnacle Mountain State Park is 2.5 miles
Time: 1 hour for the section of the trail in the park
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Location: Exit 9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Hwy. 10, then go two miles north on Hwy. 300

Description: The 222 mile trail begins at the Visitor Center and winds for 2.5 miles through the park and then for 220 miles through the Ouachita Mountains ending in southeast Oklahoma. The park section travels through upland forests along rocky hillsides and the edge of the scenic Big Maumelle River.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

Rocky Valley Trail (E-5)

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 2
Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Description: The trailhead starts at the same location as the trail to the Arkansas River overlook in the upper parking lot at the visitor center. Marked in GREEN blazes, this 2-mile loop enters a heavily forested valley after leaving the old rock quarry area. Allow 1-1/2 to 2 hours to go down and back up this valley. The trail is moderately difficult. (For a longer hike and dramatic overlook, see the description of the East Quarry Trail).

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

West Summit Trail (E-5)

Park/Rec Area: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Region: Central
Length: 1 1/2 miles round trip
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Location: Exit No. 9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Hwy. 10, then go two miles north on Hwy. 300

Description: This rocky trail begins at the park picnic grounds and winds its way to the top of Pinnacle Mountain. From the top is a spectacular view of Lake Maumelle, the Arkansas River Valley, the Ouachita Mountains and west Little Rock. This is truly a breathtaking view. To return, you must retrace your steps or hike down the rugged East Summit Trail and return via the base trail for a total hike of 2 1/2 miles.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223, (501) 868-5806 pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com