Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Located just outside of Little Rock, in Pulaski County, is the 2,356-acre Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The main attraction of this state park is the lovely Pinnacle Mountain, which is an iconic landmark, serving as the centerpiece of the geographically diverse state park. There are many incredible things a visit to this state park can offer.
Visiting Pinnacle Mountain State Park
This day-use park has tons of family-friendly, outdoor fun to offer including the Arkansas Arboretum, adventures on the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers, and over 15 miles of trails which includes seven miles of challenging mountain bike trails for the more advanced bicyclists.
Pavilions are available upon reservation for larger gatherings, as well. The Visitor Center Meeting Rooms and Scenic Overlook are both also available for reservation for groups and/or events. Pedal boats, canoes, and solo kayaks are all available for renting. If you need catering for your event, check out Rx Catering.
The highlight of the Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the Pinnacle Mountain, located between the Big Maumelle River and the Little Maumelle River. It’s the second-highest natural point in Pulaski County, Arkansas. As this mountain reaches 1,013 feet above mean sea level, but only 763 feet of local relief, the designation of mountain versus hill was debated heavily; they settled on the designation of “summit”.
There are two routes that ascend the Pinnacle Mountain - the West Summit Trail that is marked by yellow blazes and the East Summit Trail that is marked by red and white blazes, both clocking in at 1.5 miles. The West Summit Trail enjoys more traffic than the East Summit Trail, due to a steep slope on the East Summit Trail.
There is also a 2.5-mile Base Trail that’s marked by light green blazes and loops completely around the base of the mountain, connecting the West Summit and East Summit trailheads. The Ouachita Trail, which is marked by blue blazes, is a whopping 223-mile trail that overlaps a half-mile section of the Base Trail and continues another one-and-a-half miles to the visitor center; it crosses both the East Summit parking lot and Pinnacle Valley Road.
A visit to the beautiful Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a must for any trip to the Little Rock and North Little Rock area. With all the hiking trails, beautiful scenery, and awe-inspiring Pinnacle Mountain, you can’t go wrong with this family-friendly adventure. Be sure to add into your traveling plans today.