Thursday, April 26, 2018

Arkansas River Trail & Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden

  Utilizing abandoned rail lines along both the north and south banks of the Arkansas River this paved biking/walking trail is over 21 miles in length and connects many attractions. Four bridges without vehicle traffic span the river. Two more bridges in the downtown Little Rock area have wide pedestrian sidewalks.
  We really enjoyed this trail and walked/rolled along it on two separate occasions. We parked at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and went across the Junction Bridge to the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden. The Junction Bridge is a decommission railroad bridge and features a lift section that is always in the raised position. Elevators are located at each end of the lift section.  For our next visit we parked at the Clinton Presidential Library and crossed the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, walked/rolled west along the north shore, crossed back over at the Broadway Bridge, and went east along the south shore for a 2.5 mile loop.
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   The trail is wide and smooth. A few sections require using parking lots and sidewalks.  Wheelchair users may need assistance to access the bridges due to very long ADA compliant ramps. West of the city the trail has gaps on the south shore so a complete unbroken loop is not possible.

  The parking lots are large enough for any RV.  Trail  34.75286, -92.26777  Sculpture Garden

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