Michael Pirnique

Some homes in Riverdale have waterfront views, perfect for fishing or boating enthusiasts.

Hugging the banks of the Arkansas River, Riverdale attracts natives and tourists alike with the prospect of outdoor adventure. A day here might include a round of golf, a bike ride down the Arkansas River Trail or a stroll over the Big Dam Bridge. The Big Dam Bridge is the country’s longest pedestrian bridge, and unlike others, it is not a retired bridge; it was built just for pedestrians!

The Arkansas River Trail is never shy of people, pets, strollers and bikes. The trail overall is an 88-mile loop, but the smaller loop that starts at the Clinton Presidential Bridge is 16 miles. It provides a river breeze to keep you cool in the summertime and killer views including Rebsamen Golf Course (Little Rock’s largest public golf course) and Murray Park (which contains soccer fields, archery targets, sand volleyball courts, a boat dock, dog park and pavilions).

Daniel Moody

The Big Dam Bridge is a favorite among local cyclists, runners and dog walkers. The river views from atop the bridge are truly picturesque.

Riverdale residents are entirely spoiled when it comes to great dining. Here, you can lose yourself in heavenly pork at the Memphis-in-May World Barbecue Champs, Whole Hog Café. Sister restaurants Loca Luna and Red Door feature eclectic menus for any palate, and you can head over to Cajun’s Wharf restaurant, bar and live music venue for a Play-De-Do (Cajun’s signature drink). The Fold draws people from across the metro for a taste of its tacos, while The Town Pump, a hidden gem dive bar, is a can't-miss experience.

David Yerby

The Fold: Botanas & Bar is known for its eclectic décor and habanero queso. Pro tip: Try the spicy white cheese dip with ground bison for a delicious appetizer.

Luxury apartments, townhouses, condos and single-family homes of all price ranges — many with incredible views of the Arkansas River — give residents plenty to choose from. Want to drive your boat right to your doorstep? You can do that in Canal Pointe.

The thing about Riverdale is that it feels like an escape from the city even though it’s just minutes from downtown. While the neighborhood is known more for being the city’s design district, you’ll still find big businesses here, too. In fact, you’ll find Verizon’s regional headquarters and the world headquarters for both Dillard’s and ATA International in Riverdale.

Eat Your Heart Out

“Best Seafood,” “Best Chef,” “Best Fine Dining” — these are all honors earned by Brave New Restaurant in Riverdale. The restaurant, which sources Arkansas ingredients, offers patrons river views at tables along the window or on the terrace overlooking the Arkansas River. Make a reservation in time to catch a sunset from your table, and be sure to order the famous crème brûlée.


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