Stretching 14 miles alongside the sixth-longest river in the U.S., the Arkansas River Trail provides cyclists, joggers, walkers and skaters a scenic, safe setting for exercise. Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts should keep their eyes open because the trail winds through several habitats for scissortail flycatchers, groundhogs, quail and great blue herons.

The Big Dam Bridge links the southern side of the trail, which reaches from downtown Little Rock to Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and the northern side, which runs from downtown North Little Rock to Cook’s Landing. The 3,463-foot-long bridge spans the Arkansas River alongside Murray Lock and Dam, making it the world’s longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge designed and built for that purpose. A local landmark, the 14-foot-wide bridge hosts a number of races and memorial walks including the annual Big Dam Bridge 5K.

For more information or maps of the Arkansas River Trail and Big Dam Bridge, call (501) 660-4207, visit or visit