Pinnacle Mountain State Park


Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located just northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains near Natural Steps, Arkansas on Arkansas Highway 300. The primary natural feature of the 2,000-acre (8-square kilometer) park is Pinnacle Mountain, elevation 1,011 feet (308 m), which rises steeply above the Arkansas River Valley, at an elevation of 300 feet (91 m).

Hiking

A number of hiking trails are in the park. Two of the most popular trails ascend to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain: The West Summit Trail is one of the most heavily used trails in Arkansas, while the East Summit Trail ascends even more steeply up several rock scrambles. The three mile Base Trail loops completely around the base of Pinnacle Mountain and connects the East and West Summit Trailhead areas. Two interpretive trails are the Arkansas Trail through the Arkansas Arboreteum and the Kingfisher Trail next to the Little Maumelle River. The 223-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail has its eastern terminus in the park, near the visitor's center. The Rocky Valley Trail also starts near the park visitor's center and forms a two mile loop. The East Quarry Trail spurs off the Rocky Valley Trail midway through the loop to climb in elevation along the east end of the park, providing views of Pinnacle Mountain and the Arkansas River.

Camping

Although camping is not allowed inside the park itself, campsites are available at Maumelle Park, which is 3.8 miles away from Pinnacle Mountain. This is an Army Corps of Engineers base with water and electrical hookups, a boatramp, and tables with grills. [ [http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain Pinnacle Mountain State Park official website] ]

ee also

*List of Arkansas state parks

References


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