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Little Rock, AR

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Little Rock

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The capital of Arkansas, Little Rock is named for a geological formation in the Arkansas River, which runs through the city. In addition to its numerous arts, culture, and recreation opportunities, Little Rock has a thriving convention center, and is home to numerous corporateheadquarters. There’s a good variety of running in Little Rock, ranging from signature trails along the river to lovely parks and residential neighborhoods.

The best place to run in Little Rock is along the extensive series of multi-use paths along the Arkansas River. However, Little Rock’s gorgeous neighborhoods, which range from fresh planned communities to historic residential areas, are all pleasant for running. We’ve mapped routes in Allsopp Park and Hillcrest, The Heights, and Chenal. Trail runners will find plenty of views and variety in Pinnacle State Park and the Rock Creek Trail.

Apart from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and the Union Station train depot, which deliver visitors to and from the city, the most reliable public transportation in Little Rock is the Rock Region Metro. These buses, including the 3.4 mile Metro Streetcar system, service most of the city. However, a car may be helpful for some of the more rural/residential routes. Note: Little Rock is very hot and humid in summer — take the right precautions!

Thanks to Noelle and the team at Fleet Feet Little Rock for their help with this guide!

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Arkansas River Trail

Little Rock, AR

The signature route in Little Rock, with miles of riverside running on a mostly car-free, multi-use trail. Highlights include good river views, numerous parks, and the Clinton and Big Dam Bridges. The north bank has more dedicated, scenic sections.
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The Heights

Little Rock, AR

The gridlike streets of the trendy Heights neighborhood make for a nice residential run around the Country Club. Can be combined with nearby routes in Allsopp Park/Hillcrest.
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Two Rivers Park

Little Rock, AR

Two Rivers Park is located along the west end of the Arkansas River Trail, but it’s a noteworthy running location on its own. Miles of other trails wind through this green space at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Maumette Rivers.
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Rock Creek Trail

Little Rock, AR

A hidden gem of a trail which is easily accessible from many hotels in west Little Rock, the partially paved, mostly gravel Rock Creek Trail is a pleasant 3 mile out and back.
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Chenal

Little Rock, AR

Pick any neighborhood in this section of Little Rock to run through quiet culs-de-sacs featuring grand houses. Chenal Valley Drive is a 5.6 km, sidewalked loop around the country club, and some of the other major streets also have long, runnable sidewalks.
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University of Arkansas Area

Little Rock, AR

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a relatively small campus, but the surrounding neighborhoods feature some great roads and trails for running, including Coleman Creek, Boyle Park, and War Memorial Park.
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Arkansas River Trail

Little Rock, AR

The signature route in Little Rock, with miles of riverside running on a mostly car-free, multi-use trail. Highlights include good river views, numerous parks, and the Clinton and Big Dam Bridges. The north bank has more dedicated, scenic sections.
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Little Rock has hot, humid summers and coolish winters. Runners will want to note that summer temps reach well into the 90s (34-35C), with sultry nights. So consider going early. Spring and fall are more pleasant. In winter, temperatures rise to near 50F (10C), though nights typically dip below freezing. Precipitation is evenly spread throughout the year.

Most hotels in Little Rock are conveniently located around River Market, or further south along I-30 and 1-440 (near the airport). There are also many options in west Little Rock, along I-430. See LittleRock.com for lodging options.

Little Rock has several great independent running stores, including Rock City Running, Go! Running, and Fleet Feet Little Rock.

There are also plenty of running groups. The Arkansas Running Klub collects membership dues, but holds regular runs and meetings. The Little Rock Road Runners host weekly group runs on Sundays at 6:30 am at War Memorial Park and on Thursdays at 6 pm starting from Go!Running. The also do a Tuesday night track workout.

Little Rock has its own marathon, as a number of local races. Find upcoming races at runningintheusa.com.

This is another good calendar of Arkansas running events.