Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

The Big Dam Bridge is the longest purpose-built pedestrian bridge in the country spanning a total of 4,226 feet and rising up to 90 feet at its highest point above the Arkansas River.

Riverdale is known for being a lot of things, like being the city’s design district. But what lures most people to this neighborhood are the incredible dining options (some with beautiful river views) and ample outdoor recreation opportunities.

Located in the city’s north-central area, Riverdale is home to the corporate headquarters of Dillard’s Department Stores. The neighborhood also houses Cajun’s Wharf, which has earned Little Rock landmark status for its many years as a restaurant and bar offering gorgeous riverfront views.

Golf at Rebsamen Park, cycling on the Big Dam Bridge, fetch with Fido at the riverfront dog park, live music at Cajun’s Wharf and dinner overlooking the banks and bluffs of the Arkansas River at Brave New Restaurant— Riverdale’s boundaries may not be far-reaching, but its small size conceals local treasures.

Murray Park, in particular, boasts soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, a large fenced dog park, a boat dock and pavilions. The city’s acclaimed 17-mile Arkansas River Trail runs through Riverdale; and its portion of the trail includes the famous Big Dam Bridge—a must see for any visitor. Take a bike ride to its center for an incredible photo op or keep pedaling across to experience North Little Rock’s Burns Park.

While visiting the “design district,” shop for décor, furniture and antiques — Fabulous Finds and Cynthia East Fabrics are two fun places to find hidden treasures.

A few don’t-miss restaurants in this dining hub include The Faded Rose, known for its authentic Cajun cuisine; The Fold, a hip hangout known for its tacos; Chi’s serves up incredible dim sum; and Whole Hog Cafe, a world-famous barbecue joint is popular for its incredible ribs, pulled meats, sides and signature sauces.

David Yerby

The Fold: Botanas & Bar is known for its eclectic décor and habanero queso. Pro tip: Try the spicy white cheese dip with ground bison for a delicious appetizer.


Places To Eat

  • The Faded Rose
  • Whole Hog Cafe