Walton Foundation Builds $2,000,000 Trail System in Little Rock, Arkansas

The new bike park debuts later this week

Little Rock, Ark. (June 14, 2021) – The City of Little Rock and the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation will hold a dedication event on Thursday, June 17 for the opening of Central Arkansas’ newest urban trail, Little Rock’s new trail system at River Mountain Park and the soon to be completed Gateway trail and children’s bike skills area at Two Rivers Park.

Little Rock’s new mountain bike park at River Mountain Park is also the first professionally built trail in the city’s park system, featuring 10 miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty for beginners to experts. The new Gateway trail and bike skills area at Two Rivers Park are specifically for new riders and children. This new development is not only connected to other parts of Little Rock but also to Pinnacle Mountain State Park Monument Trails, right outside of the city, via a shared lane on Pinnacle Valley Road.

Media members are invited to attend the announcement event on Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m. Details for the event are as follows:

What: Dedication for Little Rock’s new mountain bike park, Gateway trail, and children’s bike skills area (open to guests and the media)

When: Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: The newly built parking lot at the base of River Mountain, located at the end of River Mountain Road parallel to the Little Maumelle River Boat Launch (Rock Town River Outfitters)

Why: A dedication for the new trail system at River Mountain Park and the Gateway trail and children’s bike skills area at Two Rivers Park.

Who:

  • Frank D. Scott, Jr., Little Rock Mayor
  • Gary Vernon, Walton Personal Philanthropy Group
  • Suzanne Grobmyer, Executive Director of the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation
  • Gretchen Hall, President and CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • John Eckart, Director of the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department
  • Capi Peck, Little Rock City Director, Ward 4

 There will be another opportunity for reporting and photos on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during a “party in the park” public celebration of the new trails at River Mountain Park (parking at Two Rivers Park and the new River Mountain parking lot). This family-friendly gathering will feature food trucks, beer, local vendors and giveaways.

Facts and Stats

• River Mountain Park is the first professionally built mountain bike trail system within the Little Rock city park system.

• As part of the comprehensive project, (weather permitting) by the end of June, Two Rivers Park will be home to a gateway trail and kids bicycle skill area, rounding out the opportunities for all levels of families to participate on trails.

• River Mountain trails are connected, by a shared lane along Pinnacle Valley Road, to the recently completed Pinnacle Mountain State Park Monument Trails.

The park will include more than 10 miles of trails, designed for everyone from beginners to experts.

• The City of Little Rock has more than 62 parks and recreational areas. • The City of Little Rock also has plans for trail work at Boyle Park, Allsopp Park North, and Western Hills Park as well as a plan to connect seven of the city’s parks via the Tri-Creek Greenway, an off-street bicycle and pedestrian corridor. • Work at River Mountain Park, Two Rivers Park, and Pinnacle Mountain State Park Monument Trails is supported by $2.6 million in grants from the Walton Family Foundation to the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation.

River Mountain Park

• River Mountain Park is the location of Little Rock City Park’s first professionally contracted, machine cut mountain biking trail system.

• The new trail system contains a total of 10 miles of trails with green, blue, and black ratings. • The newly constructed trailhead and parking are located at the base of the mountain. • Trail types include cross country, rocky flow, and downhill-only. • The advanced downhill line has 252 feet of elevation descent.

• There is a hub at the top of the blue and black downhill lines that offers riders a great photo opportunity.

• There is a fabricated bridge designed by Rock Solid Trail Contracting along the Narrows Trail. • The trail names are all river names and are characteristic of the position of River Mountain Park. • River Mountain Park is located just above the Little Maumelle River and the Arkansas River. • River Mountain Park connects to the Arkansas River Trail and therefore is available by bike from various parks of Pulaski County, including North Little Rock and downtown Little Rock.

Two Rivers Park

• The trail names at Two Rivers Park are Fox Tail Trail and Pup Track, which is named after a baby fox. • The connector trail is the best place in the City of Little Rock to ride a bike in the woods for someone who has never cycled off-road. For kids, they can start at the Pup Track and head toward Fox Tail Trail. • Two hubs allow for easy turnarounds for riders who want to session Fox Tail Trail. • The children’s skill area is located at the point of Two Rivers Park to allow for people to picnic and foR parents to watch their children.

• Parking is available at the Two Rivers Bridge parking area, or for more parking, we encourage visitors to access through Two Rivers Park on the Pulaski County side.

• Wildlife is on display, and visitors should stop and take in the beauty of the Arkansas River and the Little Maumelle River.

PARTY IN THE PARK, PUBLIC CELEBRATION, SATURDAY, JUNE 19th, 10 a.m. TO 2 p.m.

There will be another opportunity for reporting and photos on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during a “party in the park” public celebration of the new trails at River Mountain Park (parking at Two Rivers Park and the new River Mountain parking lot). This family-friendly gathering will feature food trucks, beer, local vendors and giveaways.

Families will be able to introduce young kids to the joys of mountain biking on the beginner-level trails.

The dedication of the new mountain bike park follows the recent opening of the Monument Trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Work at all three parks in Central Arkansas is supported by $2.6 million in grants from Walton Family Foundation to the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation. This funding has produced world-class hiking, trail running and mountain biking experiences for all to enjoy in Central Arkansas.

These trails diversify Little Rock and help to enhance it as an outdoor recreation destination. This project showcases the diversity of the city’s terrain and unseen views and helps to create an economic benefit with both tourism and quality of life improvements.

Little Rock also has trail work in the plans for Boyle Park, Allsopp Park North, and Western Hills Park as well as a plan to connect seven of the city’s parks via the Tri-Creek Greenway, an off-street bicycle and pedestrian corridor.

NOTICE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID- 19. If you are sick, have a fever, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please do not enter. Thank you for your cooperation.

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About Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation: The Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing parks and recreational opportunities throughout Arkansas. Outdoor recreation is a way of life in Arkansas, and the Foundation was established to support, protect, enhance and add value to the places that provide exceptional recreational experiences across the Natural State. To learn more, visit arparksfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Parks & Recreation, City of Little Rock: Turning Little Rock into a “City in a Park.” With 63 city parks and eight recreational centers, Little Rock is nestled among a profusion of open green spaces and natural areas set aside for recreational, educational, ecological, and aesthetic benefits for the people who live and visit there.

About the Walton Family Foundation: The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas- Mississippi Delta. In 2019, the foundation awarded more than $525 million in grants in support of these initiatives. To learn more, visit waltonfamilyfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.