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Pinnacle Mountain is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, recreation, and preservation. Located just west of Little Rock, this natural environment was set aside in 1977 as Arkansas's first state park adjoining a major metropolitan area. Operating as a day-use only park, Pinnacle Mountain is dedicated to preservation, recreation, and environmental education. Park interpreters and volunteers help visitors and students understand man's relationship to the environment in the 2,000-acre park that offers a rich diversity of natural habitat.
Special interpretive programs that are conducted by the park interpreters may be scheduled by contacting the park.
The park's dominant natural feature, Pinnacle Mountain, 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's diversity of habitat, from high upland peaks to bottomlands along the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers, 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, launch ramps, and hiking trails. The park visitor center overlooking the Arkansas River 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. 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 contains 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.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a day-use park dedicated to preservation, recreation and environmental education. Located just west of Little Rock, this natural environment was set aside in 1977 as Arkansas's first state park adjoining a major metropolitan area. The dominant geological feature in the park is Pinnacle Mountain, a 1,011-foot, cone-shaped peak that has long been a central Arkansas landmark. Surrounded by wooded hillsides, lush lowlands and clear waterways, the mountain offers hikers who trek the trails to its summit a panoramic view.
As the population and industrialization of central Arkansas continues to grow, so does the need to preserve green open spaces. Pinnacle Mountain meets this need with 2,000 acres of diverse natural habitat. With its varied wildlife and wide array of plant life, Pinnacle Mountain State Park provides limitless natural encounters. The visitor center overlooking the Arkansas River offers exhibits and educational workshops in its meeting room.
The recreation area at the base of the mountain offers shaded picnic tables, grills, water, a playground, restrooms and a large open-air pavilion with a cooking fireplace and picnic tables. The pavilion is a favorite place for get-togethers and can be reserved for a fee. For those wishing to play softball, volleyball and similar games, an open grassy field is available. A limited amount of free loan recreational equipment is available on a first come basis.
For hikers, the park offers many trails. From the breathtaking view at the summit, to the meandering flood plain of Kingfisher Trail, you’ll trek through diverse landscapes at this park.
The park’s paved, barrier-free Arkansas Arboretum trail features native trees and shrubs from all regions of Arkansas: the Ouachita Mountains, the Ozark Mountains, the Arkansas River Valley, the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (the Delta), the West Gulf Coastal Plain and Crowley’s Ridge. From Arkansas’s upland forest species to those found in bottomland locales, the plant life is varied along this unique trail. Wayside exhibits with recorded messages are located along the 0.6-mile trail route.
Park gates at Pinnacle Mountain State Park close each day one hour after sunset.
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