An Oasis in the Heart of the City
Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown…a few steps away from the house-lined streets of The Ranch neighborhood in west Little Rock…nature awaits.
Bordering Pinnacle Mountain State Park is The Nature Conservancy’s newest preserve, 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 Conservancy invites you to become part of making Ranch North Woods Preserve a place where people of all ages can come to discover, explore and reconnect with nature.
A Special Gift for Central Arkansas
Conserving this haven was possible because of the generosity of Belinda Shults, Rob Shults, Cathy Shults Rhodes, Ed Willis and Gene Pfeifer of Ranch Properties, Inc. The property was originally destined to be a housing development, but the owners, recognizing the value of open space in the community, decided they wanted to keep the land in its natural state. So in late 2014, they allowed the Conservancy to purchase the property at a generously discounted price to create a nature preserve for public use. We are now poised to move from vision to reality with your help.
The Conservancy has worked closely with The Ranch residents to finalize a public access plan that is considerate of the surrounding neighborhood. We’ll start slowly, and with time get a better idea of how people are using the preserve and what recreational features would enhance their experience. Possibilities include walking and biking trails, picnic areas, canoe launches, floating canoe camping platform, fishing pier, covered pavilion and wildlife observation tower.
As we develop these possible amenities, we may work with other partners who share our vision for the preserve and can help make it better.
Clean Water, Watchable Wildlife
Keeping Ranch North Woods in its natural state conserves the quality of water in the Little Maumelle River and its beautiful wetlands. And it helps give shelter to a variety of birds and other wildlife.
You Can Help!
The Conservancy is looking for generous friends to help make Ranch North Woods Preserve a welcoming area for natural resources conservation and public enjoyment. Friends who understand what a positive force nature can be in the lives of all people, especially kids with few opportunities to travel outside the city. Friends who want to improve life in central Arkansas in a direct and tangible way.
We must raise $1.5 million for the first year of the project, which includes:
- Paying for the land and ensuring we have resources for long-term restoration and stewardship,
- Developing, managing and monitoring public access and parking,
- Developing the river recreational amenities.
For more information on ways to give, contact:
Scott Simon, Director
Office (501) 614-5082
Just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown... a few steps away from the house-lined streets of The Ranch neighborhood in west Little Rock... nature awaits. Watch this slideshow.
Introducing Arkansas' newest preserve -- Ranch North Woods! An oasis in the heart of The Ranch neighborhood in west Little Rock. This preserve is just minutes from downtown.
Preserve Rules and FAQs
- The Ranch neighbors help The Conservancy care for this preserve.
- The neighbors request no hunting on the property.
- Please be aware of and responsible for your pets.
- Enjoy responsibly, and please leave no trace.
- For more information on available uses, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.