Best places to cycle in North Little Rock

Burns Park

At 1,700 acres, Burns Park is one of the largest city parks in the country. Aside from mountain biking trails, it offers a golf course, a dog park, a tennis center, softball and soccer complexes, an archery range, a BMX course, and even a pre-Civil War-era log cabin. Riders love its easy connection to the Arkansas River Trail and its multiple entry-level trails. The nearby Emerald Park trail offers iconic views of downtown Little Rock and an incredible technical challenge for advanced riders.

66 Arlene Laman Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Arkansas River Trail

An 88-mile multi-use loop through Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway with an additional loop from the Clinton Presidential Bridge in North Little Rock to the Big Dam Bridge and back to the Little Rock side of the Clinton Bridge is 15.6 miles. Bike Fixit Stations located at Two Rivers Park and Two Rivers Park Bridge.

4000 Cooks Landing, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Big Rock Quarry Bike Park

Located along the Arkansas River between the Riverview Skate Park and Burns Park, the Big Rock Quarry Bike Park will include downhill mountain bike trails, cross-country mountain bike skills trails, asphalt flow trails and a bicycle playground. Initial designs also envision a plaza and amphitheater for events. The pump track has an asphalt surface, will be fun to ride, will build riding skills along with fitness and almost anyone will be able to ride it.

4000 River Road, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Emerald Park

This 135-acre park is located in North Little Rock along the bank of the Arkansas River. Features river bluffs and scenic views.

Marge Gardner Lane, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Camp Robinson Trail System

The mountain biking trails at Camp Robinson are the oldest in Arkansas and encompass almost 40 miles of track. As the trail system is located entirely on the grounds of Camp Joseph Robinson, the home of the Arkansas National Guard, biking here requires a small amount of planning ahead.

When you arrive at the camp’s entrance gate on Military Road (378 Military Rd #346, North Little Rock, AR 72199), park in the small parking lot and enter the security building. Be sure to have your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration with you. Officers will collect your information and have you fill out a day pass. Be sure to sign the bike log at the front desk while you wait.

Once you’re back in your car, you can put away your insurance and registration forms and put your pass in the front windshield on the driver’s side. You’ll present your driver’s license to the guard on duty at the next entrance gate. Be respectful of the speed limit as you make your way to the trailhead. On your way home, stop back by the gate and sign out of the bike log.

Though it may seem intimidating, getting your day-use pass will add only minutes to your trip, and the Camp Robinson security staff are happy to guide you through the process.

378 Military Rd #346, North Little Rock, AR 72199

Harper’s Loop

A classic North Little Rock group ride is Harper’s Loop, an easy out-and-back that breezes by some of the state’s finest farmland. Rows and rows of cotton, corn, rice and soybeans line the road on this flat ride. From North Little Rock, start at the submarine at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and follow the signs for Harper’s Loop along the Arkansas River Trail to Hwy. 161. From there, travel a few miles south, and enjoy a beautiful stretch of riding under the shade of century-old pecan trees. Ride approximately eight miles east on Hwy. 232 (Walter Estes Road), and stop for a slice of homemade pie at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets in Keo. (Who knows? Pie watts could become a thing.) Head back the way you came, or ride north on Hwy. 165 to Scott. Some interesting stops here include Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a National Historic Landmark that preserves Native American mounds and is now one of the largest archeological sites in the lower Mississippi River Valley; Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park and old Dortch cotton gin and seed warehouse; and Cotham’s, famous for its Hubcap Burger.

harpers loop

120 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72114