More Arkansas River Trail Travel Facts
Planning your trip to Little Rock, Ark., to visit the Arkansas River Trail? Here are extended Travel Facts to help you on your way; and read the full article to learn more about what make this a trail that "has it all."
The trail is located almost exactly in the center of Arkansas. Little Rock and North Little Rock serve as the state's hub of culture and entertainment. Little Rock National Airport is served by seven major airlines, with nonstop flights from 18 cities around the nation. Amtrak serves Little Rock on the Texas Eagle Route. Several major interstate highways converge in the area. When complete, the trail will pass under I-30—twice.
The Arkansas River Trail runs westward from the downtown areas of both cities, with plenty of parking along the route.
Where to Stay
The Medical Mile passes under a wing of the luxurious Peabody Hotel, with its famous ducks. If you prefer roughing it, KOA has a campground not far north of the Big Dam Bridge.
What to Do
During the season there's no finer place to catch a ballgame than North Little Rock's brand new Dickey-Stephens Ballpark, which is situated by the river. A few steps away you'll find the USS Razorback, a submarine that was in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered at the end of World War II. On the south side of the river, the Clinton Presidential Center and Park looms large, with must-see exhibits including a scale model of the Oval Office. Just blocks away you'll find the Old State House, where then-Governor Bill Clinton announced his candidacy for president in 1991.
Where to Eat
If you need to fill up it's a good idea to do so on the eastern end of the trail. The other end boasts only parks and the trail. Prime beef awaits at Sonny Williams' Steak Room in the River Market District. Across the street is the more casual Sticky Fingerz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, where diners are often treated to live music from touring bands. For fine Italian there's North Little Rock's Ristorante Capeo just four blocks north of the river on Main Street. Or enjoy a tasty sandwich in the more laid-back Cornerstone Puba block away.
Where to Rent Bicycles
Serious cyclists are advised to bring their own bikes or make other arrangements if they plan to do rigorous riding. There are bike rentals convenient to the trail, although the inventory at North Little Rock's Burns Park is rumored to be comfort bikes.