Outdoors in Arkansas: Sunset canoe float at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Should you watch the sunset, or spend some time on the river canoeing? Now you don't have to choose!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- There is so much natural beauty in Arkansas, it's hard to choose how to spend your time.

Should you watch the sunset, or spend some time on the river canoeing? Now you don't have to choose!

You don't even have to leave the big city to escape to nature.

"You paddle a mile in any direction on this river, you feel like you're 100 miles away," said Matthew Friant, an interpreter at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Friant is one of the guides taking guests on a canoe trip up and down the Big Maumelle River.

This one's a bit different. It's a sunset canoe trip. "You get to enjoy the sunset, listen to the owls. Watch fireflies. It's just a neat little twilight experience on the water."

Friant says he understands if people are a bit hesitant to take to nature at night. But, there's no need to fear.

"I've been working here since 2014, and I have not seen a gator. The last bear sighting in the park was in 1986. You will see snakes, that's one of the things we like to point out on these floats. We have 37 different species of snakes in Arkansas, and only six of them are venomous."

And even if you run across one, he'll make sure you paddle clear. Long story short, "no hazardous or dangerous wildlife of any kind. The only thing I consider that is a mosquito," he says.

So bring your own bug spray, and relax. "This is the best stress relief that you can get, and it's free." 

Friant said that the area is ideal for white pelicans, osprey, geese and mallards.

"Some folks living in the city never see a firefly. It's like a bit of a light show."

The next sunset canoe trip is on Saturday, July 8. You need to book early since the last one sold out.

We want to know about your favorite outdoor activities in Arkansas, so send us your photos on Facebook, or use the hashtag #BeOn11 on Twitter and Instagram.

© 2017 KTHV-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment