Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area serves important mission
Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area in Little Rock not only has a cool name, it has a vital purpose. Natural areas are important as they are a venue to protect special plant and animal habitats. For this particular area, what is being preserved is habitat that is crucial to species that include the western diamondback rattlesnake, the southeastern bat, and a desert fern called Wright's cliffbrake. The area also protects Lake Maumelle, the drinking supply for Central Arkansas.
What stands out on this 373 acres is the showcase ridge, which marks the divide of the watersheds for the Maumelle and Little Maumelle River. The view from the top of the ridge, which at its peak point is 920 feet, includes a breathtaking vista of nearby Pinnacle Mountain.
The area is home to multi-use trails to hike and bike and also rock climbing areas. Also of note is that this marks the first natural area to have mountain biking options available on it. Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area is located right across the road from the west entrance to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The road is called Barrett Road and once you get on it, travel 1.2 miles until you reach the gate to the natural area to start your adventure.