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My girlfriend is moving to Little Rock for a few months (Jan-March).  She has expressed interest in backpacking but has never even been camping.

I was thinking that car camping with some good scenic hiking would be a great way to get her started.  Any ideas on some places to go or when to go?  I was thinking March more so than Jan or Feb.
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I'd suggest the Maumelle Campground and going over to Pinnacle Mountain State Park for day hiking. I've stay at Maumelle and it is a really nice campground on the Arkansas River and Pinnacle is one of my favorite AR parks. Plus, if your girlfriend is really not a camper/outdoors type, you're right there by Little Rock.
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If you are want to get away from Little Rock, I highly recommend Petit Jean State Park or Mt. Nebo. Good campgrounds a lots of good scenic hiking.
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I second Pinnacle Mountain! It was so much fun for a day hike.

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I've never been but also hear good things about Petit Jean SP.

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Arkansas has great state parks, and Petit Jean is one of the best. Plus Petit Jean is close to Little Rock. And Petit Jean has some nice trails. I think that getting into camping around the Little Rock area is great! So many choices!

For her first trip, you might consider camping in October at Lake Catherine State Park AND going into Hot Springs the next day as a way to EASE her into camping. The October temperatures are normally comfortable with no bugs and you will have colours as the leaves change. Note that the Lake Catherine campground is small and the area around the park is developed with condos - but it is still a very pretty setting.

If she enjoys the first night of camping OK, then it is time to head for Petit Jean.

And once she gets comfortable with short hikes in the state parks, I'd recommend a backpack on the Ozark Highlands Trail in northwest Arkansas..
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All good suggestions thus far.  The long distance Ouachita Trail (223 miles) starts/ends at Pinnacle Mountain SP.  When she feels up to backpacking, this is a nice trail.
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