23 Mar 2018 5 in the 501: Spring a perfect time to take a hike
While cool temperatures hint that winter has not completely moved on, the budding flowers and shrubs signal that spring is nearing. Now, is the perfect time to head outdoors to enjoy the beauty of the 501 while hiking one of the many great trails in Central Arkansas.
Located at Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain features a variety of hiking trails with different degrees of difficulty. Trails range from the least strenuous Arkansas Trail in the center of the 71-acre Arkansas Arboretum to the more difficult east and west summit trails.
BIG DAM BRIDGE
The 501 boasts the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in North America. The 4,226-foot span, built atop Murray Lock and Dam between Little Rock and North Little Rock, connects over 14 miles of scenic riverside trails.
PETIT JEAN STATE PARK
Located in Conway County, Petit Jean has more than 20 miles of trails that showcase the park’s natural beauty. Among those is Cedar Falls Trail, which is described as moderately strenuous, but the hike to the 95-foot falls is worth the two-mile roundtrip. petitjeanstatepark.com
Enjoy the beauty of northern Faulkner County along the 10-mile hiking and mountain bike trails at Woolly Hollow, located near Greenbrier. The 3.5-mile Huckleberry Trail starts at the bathhouse in the campground and loops around Lake Bennett. The trail continues along the ridge, with scenic views of the lake.
CADRON SETTLEMENT PARK
Located near Conway along the Arkansas River, the 150-acre park offers hiking trails and great places for a picnic. The park is operated by the City of Conway through a lease with the Army Corps of Engineers. conwayparks.com
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