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Arkansas River Trail
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Location of the Arkansas River Trail
Length 14 mi (23 km)
Location Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Trailheads Little Rock, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Use Hiking, Cycling, Jogging
Elevation
Elevation change negligible
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season All
Sights Arkansas River, Pinnacle Mountain, Big Rock, the Little Rock, William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, The Medical Mile, the Big Dam Bridge, North Little Rock's Burns Park
Arkansas River Trail
Arkansas River Trail west of Jimerson Creek footbridge; Pinnacle Mountain is in background.
Arkansas River Trail southeast of the William J. Clinton National Library.
Southeast Part of the Arkansas River Trail southeast of the Clinton Presidential Center.
Arkansas River Trail in Burns Park.
Arkansas River Trail in Burns Park.

The Arkansas River Trail is a rail trail that runs 17 miles (27 km) in along both sides of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas.

History

The Arkansas River Trail began with funding from a $1.9 million bond issue from the city of Little Rock in 2003. The trail includes a portion of the Little Rock & Western Railway. The former railbed is still in use by the railroad and operates adjacent to the trail.

Bridges

Junction and Clinton Presidential Park Bridges

Rock Island Br, Little Rock, raised for barge
Rock Island railroad bridge in 2006.

Both former railroad bridges have been converted into pedestrian and bicycling bridges. The Junction Bridge opened in May 2008; the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, named after former U.S. president Bill Clinton, opened in October 2011. Both connect the two cities' riverfront parks. The Junction Bridge is accessed via stairs and elevators.

Renovation work on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge began in May 2010. The railroad bridge, originally constructed in 1899 as the Rock Island Bridge, is the eastern pedestrian and bicycle connection for the River Trail.

Renovation work on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge cost $10.5 million and was funded by a mix of funds including $4 million from the Clinton Foundation, $2.5 million of federal stimulus money, $2 million from the Commerce Department, $1 million from the city of Little Rock, and $750,000 from the city of North Little Rock.

Baring Cross

Of the three railroad spans in the downtown area one is still in use by the Union Pacific Railroad (UP). UP gave tentative approval to build a small bridge near the Little Rock Amtrak station.

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