Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a great holiday season. The funny thing about the holidays is that they take forever to get here, but once they come around they pass by in the blink of an eye. As the new year comes about, I wanted to challenge myself to be more adventurous. I think I took a step in the right direction by taking a short road trip to Arkansas!
One unfortunate thing about the Memphis area is the lack of elevation. If I’m being honest, it’s a huge bummer not having anything to look at in the distance. It’s so dang flat around here. To escape the flatness, I have wanted to check out Arkansas for some time now. With some vacation time to burn, I figured what better way to spend it than in the great outdoors experiencing some great views. My girlfriend and I did some research to see what was possible to do with just a day trip. We came across Pinnacle Mountain State Park and knew we had to give it a shot.
Pinnacle Mountain is just north of Little Rock, which is really only about two hours away from Memphis. For anyone that hasn’t been before, I would recommend going to the park center first to talk to the ranger and get a map to have an idea of where to go. They’ll direct you and answer any questions you might have. It’s a pretty big park that spans over 2,356 acres. It has multiple trails that are all on the easier side, but it’s just a great place to go to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The park is most known for its relatively short hike to the top of the mountain that is only a little over a mile long. Round trip you might have a two mile trek, but it’s the 1000 feet in elevation that is what makes it slightly difficult. There are plenty of benches and places to stop on the way up so no need to feel as though you have to do it all in one go. I highly recommend just taking your time and savoring the views and the scenery around you. We chose a pretty cold day to do it but with all this elevation we had to climb, it didn’t take long before I was shedding my jacket. Once you get to the top you’re treated with sprawling views of the Arkansas landscape on one side and the Arkansas River on the other. We easily spent an hour on top just admiring the views. With all of our stops, I’d say the ascent took us 45 minutes, but then coming down it flew by about 20 or even less than that.
All in all, I’d say it was a vacation day well spent to try something new in the area! The trail we did was most definitely made for any skill level. Whether you’ve never really been hiking before or you’re with some younger kids, I can guarantee anyone would be okay doing this trail, so as the new year begins, get out and be active and enjoy these breathtaking views!