7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Little Rock


7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Little Rock
Chelsea Boozer kayaks at her "go-to place" in Little Rock, Two Rivers Park. (David Yerby)

The annual average number of sunny days in Little Rock every year is 217. With all that sun, it’s almost an obligation to spend time outside, which is an extremely pleasant burden to bear. Thankfully there are more than just a few ways to explore the great outdoors around town.

1. Kayak the Arkansas River

A true choose your own adventure. At Rock Town River Outfitters, you can experience a guided kayak tour along the Arkansas River. Pick which river adventure you’re looking for — from a sunset tour to a beginner’s 101 session. 

2. Bike the Big Dam Bridge

Did you know Little Rock is home to the longest pedestrian and cycle bridge in the United States? The Big Dam Bridge connects 20 miles of trails along the river between Little Rock and North Little Rock.

3. Hike Pinnacle Mountain

If you know Little Rock, you know Pinnacle Mountain is a staple in local outdoor adventures. With two summit hikes, mountain biking options and multiple walking trails, Pinnacle has something for all hiking levels. Plus, it’s one of the best views in the city.

4. Visit The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

It may be mostly indoors but this Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facility focuses on the outdoor opportunities provided by the state's fish and wildlife resources and tells the story of the commission’s role in restoring and maintaining them. The center overlooks the Arkansas River and features live native animals, interactive exhibits and the second largest aquarium in Arkansas.

5. Attend an Arkansas Travelers Baseball Game

Score tickets to an Arkansas Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. While subject to change due to the pandemic, there are normally 70 home games a season, many of them theme nights, which provide entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

6. Fall Foliage

Fall is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas because of its excellent fall foliage. Every autumn, nature paints the mountains and valleys of The Natural State with gorgeous hues of gold, red and orange. Many of Arkansas' visitors travel here for special fall vacations to catch a glimpse (and take some incredible photos) of the season. Scenic drives showcase autumn's finest while allowing you to explore the state's varied topography on a fun-filled road trip.

7. Golf At The First Tee of Central Arkansas

Play a round or just drive some balls with the kids at The First Tee of Central Arkansas. The facility’s focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values like honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The center includes a more than 100-acre public golf facility with two nine-hole courses and one of the area’s finest practice facilities.