June 4 – Kingfisher and Arboretum Trails, Pinnacle Mountain State Park West Little Rock

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the park’s West Summit parking lot near the picnic area restrooms at the base of Pinnacle Mountain. See directions below. The Kingfisher Trail is a ½ mile paved level loop trail. It runs along the Little Maumelle River through a bottomland forest with huge Bald Cypress trees. Along the trail we’ll find birds, unique plants, wildflowers, and butterflies. Next, we’ll caravan to the Arkansas Arboretum Trail. This trail is a ¾ mile paved loop trail with a slight incline. Ovenbirds, Louisiana Waterthrush, and other summer residents will be our target birds. Bring water and light snacks. This is a half day trip.

Directions to Kingfisher Trail: Take Exit 9 off I-430. Go 7 miles west on Hwy. 10, then 2 miles north on Hwy. 300. Turn right into the picnic area parking lot. GPS: 34.839211, -92.493480. Arkansas Arboretum Trail: from the Kingfisher Trail, go one mile north on Hwy. 300, turn right onto Pinnacle Valley Road. Go 1.5 miles until you see the Arkansas Arboretum sign and parking lot on your right.