Arkansas State Parks offer rock climbing adventures for beginners and advanced climbers.
Experienced rock climbers can rappel and rock climb on the south bluff of 2,753-foot Mount Magazine, Arkansas's highest mountain. You can test your technical climbing skills on 1,011-foot Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock. Or how about a state-of-the-art treetop adventure rope course at The Ozark Folk Center?
Mount Magazine, Arkansas's 2,753-foot highpoint, is the state parks system's most dramatic location for technical climbing. This flat-topped mountain, with its rugged bluffs, deep canyons and natural diversity,
is the highest relief between the Rockies and the Appalachians. Traditional and sport climbing as well as rappelling are allowed in a designated area on the mountain's south bluff overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley. This 1,500-foot wide stretch of sandstone boasts over 100 routes up to 80 feet high, ranging from 5.5 to 5.12c in difficulty, with plenty in the 5.10 and under range. Climbers are required to register at the state park visitor center.
Try climbing without the rocks at Loco Ropes at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Loco Ropes is a state-of-the-art treetop adventure park experience. That’s right - a thrilling high wire adventure rope course with
3 different segments totaling 30+ challenges to test your nerve, endurance, agility, and strength.To make reservations or to learn more see the Loco Ropes website.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, just west of Little Rock, boasts 1,980-acres of scenic beauty and a wide diversity of wildlife habitats, minutes from the city. The 1,011-foot peak, the park's dominant natural
feature and namesake, has several faces suitable for technical climbing. A number of routes, ranging in difficulty up to 5.8, have been mapped on the south and east faces by local climbing clubs. Helmet use is required. Use of permanent attachments (pitons and other bolting devices) is prohibited, as is rappelling. You can pick up your climbing maps and the mandatory climbing permit at the state park visitor center. This free permit must be signed before you climb.