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The Capital for Cycling

A nip in the air and vibrant colors painting the landscape make fall the perfect time to discover Little Rock on two wheels.

With hundreds of miles of trails, the capital of Arkansas is built for cycling, whether you’re looking for relaxing rides along the scenic Arkansas River or pulse-pounders at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, one of the highest points in central Arkansas. In Little Rock, you’ll experience exciting adventures, walk in the footsteps of history, and experience the outdoors like never before. Be sure to include a stunning sunset from the Big Dam Bridge!

Find your favorite ride in Little Rock this fall. Here’s how:

Explore the Arkansas River Trail

The 15-mile paved Arkansas River Trail follows its scenic namesake through Little Rock and North Little Rock. Along the way, cyclists cross the river by multiple bridges and pedal through downtown Little Rock, where they can find plenty of great places to pause and refresh, especially at downtown’s River Market District. The Arkansas River Trail is part of an 88-mile network of bike trails running throughout the Arkansas River Valley.

Tackle the Toughest Terrain

From black diamond downhills to gentle single-track trails, Little Rock boasts amazing mountain biking. Many of the most popular trails – such as Emerald Park Trail, with its dramatic view of downtown, and daredevil-defying Gravity Falls – connect directly to the Arkansas River Trail. Pinnacle Mountain State Park mixes the region’s best mountain biking with its most scenic hikes for those who prefer to travel by foot. The summit’s breathtaking vistas of the Arkansas River Valley are worth the trip.

Follow in Historic Footsteps

Your bike becomes a two-wheeled time machine when you visit Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. There, you can learn about the racial integration of Arkansas’s schools in 1957. Little Rock’s popular self-guided Civil Rights tour takes you to Testament, a bronze sculpture on the State Capitol grounds celebrating the Little Rock Nine, the students who desegregated Central High. From there, it’s a short ride to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum to explore the life and accomplishments of the country’s 42nd president.

Power up, Power down

Little Rock’s amazing culinary scene offers a plethora of places to power up for a big ride or power down at the end of the day. Fuel your day with a hearty breakfast at The Root Café, one of Little Rock’s most popular breakfast spots offering vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free options sure to tickle your taste buds. The Fold’s unique Southwest flavors make it perfect for a mid-day meal before cruising the nearby Arkansas River Trail. Finish the day with the Chef’s Tasting Menu at Ciao Baci, famous for its outstanding combination of American and international dishes, followed by a nightcap at Rock Town Distillery, home of award-winning hand-crafted spirits.

Fall is the best time of year to explore the outdoors by bike. Take your next ride in Little Rock.