Places We Protect


William Kirsch Preserve within Ranch North Woods

A woman and child in a kayak exploring a swampy area with cypress trees growing out of the water and a rocky hill in the background.
Ranch North Woods Paddler A paddler at William Kirsch Preserve within Ranch North Woods in Little Rock, Arkansas © Mitchell Allen/The Nature Conservancy

William Kirsch Preserve within Ranch North Woods—an oasis in the heart of the city.



Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown, a few steps away from the houselined streets of The Ranch neighborhood in west Little Rock, nature awaits.

Bordering Pinnacle Mountain State Park is Ranch North Woods. With 234 acres of fields and forest, breathtaking views of Pinnacle Mountain, and 1.7 miles of the Little Maumelle River, it is a rare slice of nature in the heart of the city.

The property was originally destined to be developed, but the owners, recognizing the value of open space in the community, decided they wanted to keep the land in its natural state. In late 2014, they sold the property to the Conservancy at a generous discount to create a nature preserve for public use.

Keeping the floodplain natural and undeveloped is important to maintain water quality and reduce flood damages to downstream property. The Conservancy and partners use controlled burns to keep the woods open and healthy and as part of native grassland quail habitat restoration in the fields. Look for the prairie wildflowers increasing each year!

We hope you enjoy your visit and encourage you to hike, bike, fish, or just explore. Foot and bike traffic only. We thank the Ranch neighbors for their help to care for this place. At their request, we ask that you refrain from hunting. Be responsible for your pets and leave no trace.




Dawn to Dusk


3.5 miles of trail through fields and forest along 1.7 miles of the Little Maumelle River. Canoe and kayak put-ins. Two canoes available to borrow. Picnic areas, fire pits, and a fishing pier. Floating camping platform.


234 acres

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