Arkansas River Trail – The Junction Bridge

Since the mid-1990’s, due to a huge investment of time, resources, blood, sweat, and tears, Downtown Little Rock’s River Market District has been a vibrant, busy area, attracting many visitors each day.

I always enjoy visiting the River Market District, but, being a small town girl, I sometimes get a bit overwhelmed by the crowds.  Luckily, the Arkansas River Trail is located mere steps away, and has proven to be a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle.

The River Trail is actually an 88 mile loop that covers much of Central Arkansas.  Within Little Rock proper, a 15 mile loop provides urban hikers a unique look  of our capitol city.  One of my favorite sites along the way is the Junction Bridge.

The Junction Bridge, constructed in 1899, was a bridge operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, enabling trains to cross the Arkansas River until operations ceased in 1984.

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In 2008, after an extensive renovation, it was opened to the public as a pedestrian bridge, linking Little Rock and North Little Rock.

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An elevator is located at the entrance, enabling those with climbing issues to access the bridge, but my kids always enjoy taking the stairs.

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The bridge is wide enough to accommodate both pedestrians and bicycles.  On our visits, it’s never seemed crowded…..

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…and the views of the city are wonderful!

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