5 Sights You Should See Along the Arkansas River Trail
1. Presidential Park Wetlands
There’s just as much to enjoy outside the Clinton Presidential Library as there is inside. Once an old warehouse site, the surrounding 30-acre William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands features native trees, a 2,000-foot promenade and plenty of spots on the manicured grounds to have a picnic or just relax. A 13-acre riverside marsh provides a refuge for wetland and river species — as well as a relaxing stroll for visitors on its boardwalk.
2. The River Market District
Little Rock’s 10-block River Market District is anchored by Ottenheimer Market Hall, a 10,000-square-foot center featuring food vendors, shops and a farmers market loaded with fresh, local produce and an array of arts and crafts twice a week April–October. The area hosts exciting events throughout the year, including summer outdoor movie series Movies in the Park, annual music festival Riverfest and the critically acclaimed Little Rock Film Festival.
3. The Sculpture Garden
Nestled along the riverbank in Little Rock’s Riverfront Park, visitors may be surprised to encounter manmade complements to the area’s natural beauty. Along with more than a dozen other sculptures in the park, the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden features more than 33 smaller works with subject matter and materials as diverse as their creators, from a bronze life-size owl (“Wise Guy”) to a yellow, 16-foot-tall steel double Möbius strip (“Infinity”).
4. Two Rivers Park
Named for where the Arkansas and Little Maumelle rivers converge, this 1,000-acre natural escape serves as a safe haven from the bustle of the city for both people and wildlife, alike. In addition to native foliage and flowers, visitors to the park often report spotting placid deer and majestic eagles. Two Rivers Bridge, a 1,368-foot pedestrian and cyclist bridge, crosses the Little Maumelle River and connects the Little Rock and North Little Rock portions of the Arkansas River Trail.
5. The Big Dam Bridge
As the longest North American bridge built for pedestrian traffic, it’s easy to see how this Greater Little Rock landmark got its name. Spanning the top of the Murray Lock & Dam, the 4,226-foot bridge is a popular destination for locals on bikes or on foot wanting to enjoy some fresh air and some amazing views of the river and surrounding landscape. It’s the perfect spot to take vacation pictures, people watch or get exercise during your stay.