If you don't like trespassing you can still get a good look at the old rail bed from atop the bridges on 12th, 13th, and Daisy Bates. (Side note: the 13th St bridge appears much newer than the others. 13th Street used to carry the streetcar line from Park to Lewis where it turned north to 11th before making its way over to Ray Winder Field. I haven't confirmed this with anyone yet, but I assume the bridge was replaced in conjunction with the final decommissioning of that old line.)
|Rock Island Line looking south under 12th St.|
Access points to the trail itself could include 16th and 17th Streets, Jones and 11th, 10th, 7th, the Capitol complex, and Wolfe St. Beefing up the on street network though could really turn this into a major hub for connections across the whole city.
The bridge over Rose Creek north of 7th Street is pretty much rotted/washed away, and the embankment behind the capitol would require quite a bit of earth work to carve a trail in. The rest of the path though just needs minimal attention to be usable. It seems like a relatively cheap way for the city or county to build on the amazing work that's already been done in Central Arkansas for cycling and pedestrians, and one that would have real benefits for the non-lycra crowd.
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