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Home to a variety of festivals and concerts, this park is the center of activity in Little Rock. Here you can see the actual "little rock" that inspired European-explorer Benard de la Harpe to name the city. Take a break from shopping and visiting museums downtown to watch barges and riverboats float down the lazy Arkansas River. Children can enjoy the playground, while adults check out the history pavilion, which offers background on the park and the city. Bands often perform at the amphitheater. In May the park is filled with the frivolities of the annual Riverfest.
This city park has something for every member of the family, from picnic tables to tennis courts and a playground. There are two full-sized basketball courts located under the shade (and noise) of Interstate 630. Basketball games take place from early in the morning until after dark. A special feature of this park is the skate park complete with bowl. It is colorfully decorated with graffiti art, and is open to anyone daring enough to "take the plunge."
Nestled between where the Arkansas and Little Maumelle Rivers meet, lies a 1000 acre (400 hectares) park. Here at Two Rivers Park, locals and visitors alike can partake in a variety of outdoor activities, from horse back riding and cycling to leisurely walks and even gardening! Located within this lush parkland is the Garden Center where residents can rent out garden tracts and plant and weed to their hearts content.
This jewel of a park is hidden in the valley of Pinnacle Mountain, only a 15-minute drive from Little Rock. Everything you need to have a relaxing weekend is available here. There are plenty of shady camping spots, some even by the Arkansas River's banks. Families appreciate the huge-covered pavilions, complete with picnic tables and grills. A playground is within walking distance from the camping area, and there is a pleasant-little picnicking area there as well. A boat launch is a popular spot with local fishermen.
If you are entering Little Rock from I-430, you cannot miss the mammoth Pinnacle Mountain to the west, with its pointy, volcano-esque top. The state park centered around this mountain, just a few miles from Little Rock proper, is a unique Arkansas treasure. There are multiple hiking options sure to please adventure seekers. There is also a family-friendly hiking trail that leads to the top of the mountain. Plenty of picnic tables are available, and campgrounds are nearby. The park staff offers frequent events such as cookouts and puppet shows for families, along with survival lessons for adults.