Blue Mountain seen from Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area. Full Photo.
Blue Mountain in the distance, from Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area. © Joshua Kwekel

Stories in Arkansas

Blue Mountain

With your help, this westernmost peak of the Maumelle Pinnacles will provide another amazing place for Arkansans to explore nature

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Imagine standing on a rocky hilltop and looking out over the broad landscape. To the east, you see jagged Rattlesnake Ridge, and beyond that the distinctive Pinnacle Mountain rising from the valley floor. To the north, Lake Maumelle shimmers in the sunlight. To the southwest, the peaks and folds of the Ouachita Mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. You hear bird calls, the rustling of wind in the trees, and not much else. You feel like you have the world to yourself, yet the city is close.

This is the view atop Blue Mountain, the westernmost peak of the Maumelle Pinnacles. Today we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conserve Blue Mountain for future generations—a chance to combine land and water conservation with responsible, low-impact public recreation. The Nature Conservancy and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission need your help to make this vision a reality.

Morning over Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area and Blue Mountain.
The Maumelle Pinnacles include Pinnacle Mountain (not pictured), Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area, and Blue Mountain. © Derek Slagle

Why This Place?

Quality of life. If there’s one thing the pandemic has made clear, it’s that people need the freedom of the outdoors for their health and peace of mind. Public greenspace adds immeasurably to our quality of life, and it helps create a thriving, livable community.

In the Little Rock area, these places have been crowded. Pinnacle Mountain is Arkansas’ most visited state park. Nearby Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area, which is next to Blue Mountain, has a full parking area regularly. Central Arkansas needs more outdoor areas for people to enjoy.

Conserving Blue Mountain adds to the corridor of conservation and recreation lands in the Maumelle Pinnacles area. This area is part of what makes Central Arkansas so special.

Clean water. Keeping Blue Mountain forested helps protect water quality for both the Little Maumelle River that flows into Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Lake Maumelle, where more than half a million Arkansans get their drinking water. That’s smart planning for our future.

Rare species. Conserving Blue Mountain protects irreplaceable habitat for rare species like the collared lizard and Wright’s cliffbrake fern.

Early spring view of Blue Mountain.
Final Peak Blue Mountain is the westermost peak of the Maumelle Pinnacles. © Bill Fitzgerald

Giving Options

To make a gift restricted to Blue Mountain, please send a check to:

The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas
601 N. University Ave
Little Rock, AR 72205
Memo Line: Blue Mountain

For more information or to discuss giving options, please contact:

Jennifer Barnhouse
Director of Philanthropy
501-614-5091
j.a.barnhouse@tnc.org

How Can I Help?

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and The Nature Conservancy are working together now to try to acquire Blue Mountain.  TNC has pledged to raise $2 million to help with the purchase and to design, build and manage a trail system and other amenities for visitors to enjoy, similar to Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area. 

We need your help to make it happen! No gift is too big or too small.

With your gift, you are helping keep Blue Mountain wild and wonderful. You are creating opportunities for people to hike, bike, and explore the outdoors. You are protecting water quality for us all. This is more than a gift—it’s a legacy.

Blue Mountain Campaign Introduction Check out our campaign introduction video for Blue Mountain!