Family Time on the Arkansas River Trail

Now that the temperatures are starting to cool down a little bit here in central Arkansas (we are mostly in the low 90’s and upper 80’s). And we don’t have to worry about the threat of daily heat advisories. My family and I can get outside again and enjoy nature. On Sunday, we decided to go out to the Arkansas River Trail so the kids could ride their bikes along the trail, my husband could catch some Pokemons, and so I could get my exercise in.

The Arkansas River Trail is a really great trail along the Arkansas river that goes through several cities in central Arkansas.  In total, the trail is an 88-mile loop. So there is a lot to see along the trail. We usually stick to an area of the trail that is used by a lot of bicyclists. It’s not too crowded and the scenery is really peaceful.

Before we hit the trails we got the kids in their helmets. Safety first!!! It’s crazy how we never wore helmets as kids. 🙂

Arkansas River Trail

Arkansas River Trail

Then we set out on the trail.


While we were going down the trail we saw some barges being pushed down the river by a tugboat. It was my kids first time seeing a tugboat and it was pretty neat since it was so close. My husband told them to wave to the tugboat because there was someone inside of it driving it.  And to their surprise, the person driving the tugboat actually blew the big horn to let them know he saw them.

Arkansas River Trail

Arkansas River Trail

The nice thing about the trail is that there are covered rest areas spread out along the trail. Whenever we are out walking along this section of the trail. We always stop at one of the covered picnic tables for a break to drink some water before heading back to our starting point. Below is a picture from when we were taking a break from walking along the trail last Spring.


Another cool thing about the Arkansas River Trail is seeing the different types of birds that are around the trail. While we were walking back to our starting point we saw a flock of geese flying past us. Then as we got closer to our car we saw that they had landed and were eating in the grass. My kids were very excited about the geese too.


We always have a great time when we are out on the river trail.  I’m looking forward to going out there even more as the temps drop a little bit lower.

Are you excited about enjoying the outdoors more now that the weather is starting to cool down?


  • Reply Tamara August 31, 2016 at 12:46 am

    It looks beautiful there! We were talking today about how it’s supposed to be in the upper 70’s later this week and how “cold” that seems!
    Although Alaska was positively frigid compared to here!
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  • Reply Candace September 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    What a perfect adventure for your family! I love Fall weather too. It’s still a little hot here in Kentucky, but I’m planning to enjoy the upcoming cool down. September and October are usually the best weather around here. Glad to see the cute pictures of your fun day!
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    • Reply Sonya September 7, 2016 at 1:42 am

      It was a really fun family adventure. I’m hoping we get a chance to spend more time out there this fall. There are so many cool places to walk along the River Trail.

  • Reply Drea September 3, 2016 at 7:32 am

    It looks so beautiful out, Sonya! I think it’s fun to go out on trails like this with the family, especially once the coolness of fall hits. What other cool things do you guys have planned for the fall season? I can’t wait to see!
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    • Reply Sonya September 7, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Hopefully, we will get to spend some time on other parts of the River Trail this fall. My kids also want to go to the zoo this fall. We usually only go during Spring & Fall when the weather is nice outside. I also want to go to a corn maze this fall.
      What do you guys have planned for the fall?

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