Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
GPS: 34.844683, -92.462611
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Special Notice — July 24, 2015

Heat Advisory: While heat indexes are high at this time, park visitors are urged to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain caffeine or large amounts of sugar. Wear loose, cool clothing. Take breaks as needed in a shaded area. At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes, and slowly drink a cool liquid. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve. Keep pets safe during this heat wave, too. Be aware that high temperatures can lead to heat stroke in your dog causing permanent damage or death in a very short time.

Pinnacle Mountain is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, outdoor recreation, and preservation. Located just west of Little Rock, this natural environment of 2,356 acres was set aside in 1977 as Arkansas's first state park adjoining a major metropolitan area. The park features a diversity of natural habitat, from high upland peaks to bottomlands along the Big Maumelle River and Little Maumelle River, for park visitors to experience. Park interpreters and volunteers help visitors and students understand man's relationship to the environment. Special interpretive programs conducted by the park interpreters can be scheduled by contacting the park.

The park's dominant natural feature is Pinnacle Mountain, which rises more than a thousand feet above the Arkansas River Valley. The mountain's cone-shaped peak has long been a central Arkansas landmark. Two of the park's hiking trails lead hikers to the mountain's summit. To see the panoramic view from atop Pinnacle Mountain, visit the virtual tour featured online in the hiking section of the website featuring Arkansas's adventure state parks at: http://www.adventurestateparks.com/hiking/.
 
The park offers a wide variety of hiking trails including the 1 1/2-mile West Summit Trail, 1 1/2-mile East Summit Trail, 2 1/2-mile Base Trail, 2-mile Rocky Valley Trail, and 1-mile East Quarry Trail. In addition, the park includes two barrier-free trails. These are the 1/2-mile paved Kingfisher Trail and 0.6-mile paved Arkansas Trail in the Arkansas Arboretum. The park serves as the eastern terminus of the 250-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail which stretches from Pinnacle Mountain State Park to eastern Oklahoma.
 
The park offers bikers more than eight miles of single track, mountain bike trails. Choose from the seven-tenths-of-a-mile Rabbit Ridge Mountain Bike Trail or the 7.4-mile Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail.  
The park's diversity of habitat provide many outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Included in these are interpretive canoe and boat tours led by park interpreters.

Park facilities include picnic sites, two standard pavilions with restrooms, and launch ramps. The park visitor center overlooks the Arkansas River below and includes exhibits, A/V programs, a meeting room, and gift shop.

Within the park's environs is the Arkansas Arboretum, a 71-acre site exhibiting native flora representing Arkansas's six, major natural divisions. Located below Pinnacle Mountain along the Little Maumelle River, the arboretum includes a .6-mile barrier-free, interpretive trail.

Camping is not available at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. However, campsites are available at Maumelle Park, located just 3.8 miles east of Ark. 300 on Pinnacle Valley Road. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park on the Arkansas River features 129 campsites with water and electrical hookups, and tables and grills; bathhouses with hot showers; two pavilions with restrooms; a playground; dump station; and boat ramp.

Guided horseback rides are available in the park through a concessionaire. Contact Chief Whitehorse Trail Rides at 501-327-7776 for details.

Park gates at Pinnacle Mountain State Park are closed one hour after sunset.
 

To reach Pinnacle Mountain State Park, take Exit #9 off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Ark. 10, then go two miles north on Ark. 300.

For information about other Arkansas State Parks mountain parks, go to: http://www.mountainstateparks.com/.

For volunteer opportunities or to get involved with the park in other ways please contact our friends group, Partners for Pinnacle.

Hours
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Visitor Center:
Jan. - Dec. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Closed:  New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & noon Christmas Eve through Christmas Day

Day Use Areas:
Open daily:  6:30 a.m. - one hour after sunset

Trail Horse Rides:
Jan. & Feb. Sun. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mar. - Aug. Sun. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(NOTE:  Rides will be offered weekends only Aug. 10- 31)
Sept. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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