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 our helpful park interpreters can be scheduled by contacting the park.
The state 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 and attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. Two of the park's hiking trails lead hikers to the mountain's beautiful 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. Click here: http://www.adventurestateparks.com/hiking/
The park offers a wide variety of hiking trails in varying degrees of difficulty, including the 1.5-mile West Summit Trail, 1.5-mile East Summit Trail, 2.5-mile Base Trail loop, the Rocky Valley Trail 2-mile loop, and a 1-mile East Quarry Trail. In addition, the park includes two barrier-free trails. These are the 0.5-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 that starts at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and meanders west into eastern Oklahoma.
Take a hike or ride your bike. The east side of 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 provides many outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults, including 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. Call (501) 868-9477 to check availability and rates.
Park gates at Pinnacle Mountain State Park are closed one hour after sunset. Open daily, the most favorable times to visit are the spring and fall months.
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 Mountain Parks around the state, go to: http://www.mountainstateparks.com/.
Many volunteer opportunities are available at the park. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, park research, trail maintenance, special event support, and clerical assistance. Support the park by becoming a member of Partners for Pinnacle, Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, or Master Gardeners. Volunteer Work Days are scheduled throughout the year. Personal or group workdays can be scheduled as requested. Contact the park’s Volunteer Services Coordinator for more details on events or to schedule a time to volunteer for the park, either alone or with a group of friends or family. The Volunteer Services Coordinator can be reached by calling 501-868-5806 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.