Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

I’m not sure how much value I would place in this endorsement, but the Big Dam Bridge proudly proclaims itself to be one of the “Top 10 Bridge Travel Sites”… according to the Society of American Travel Writers. It is also the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in North America… that has never been used by motorized vehicles. These endorsements were not how I ended up there, but it’s good to know these things.

The mile-long pedestrian bridge atop the dam crosses the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, connecting miles of biking and walking trails along the river in each city. Located at each side of the bridge are also parks for recreation and fishing – or doing yoga and cooking some quinoa and vegetables. I crossed the bridge and walked along the river trails on either side while I was there, enjoying the views up and down the Arkansas River as well as the opportunity to check out the dam and the locks up close. If you happen to be in Little Rock for a few days it’s worth checking out, especially if you need to get out for a walk or a bike ride. I also heard that it’s lit at night but I was only there until the early afternoon so I wasn’t able to confirm this personally.

Approach of the biking and walking paths, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Approach of the biking and walking paths, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas River and I-430 seen from Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas River and I-430 seen from Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Bridge, dam, and locks from the Little Rock side, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Bridge, dam, and locks from the Little Rock side, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Murray Locks and Dam on the Arkansas River, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Murray Locks and Dam on the Arkansas River, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Looking down at the dam, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Looking down at the dam, Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

Old Railroad bridge from the Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock, Arkansas

Old Railroad bridge from the Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock, Arkansas

Pfiefer Loop, River Trail, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Pfiefer Loop, River Trail, North Little Rock, Arkansas

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