At AHRN.com, we want to offer our readers a place to turn to when facing the challenge of a PCS. You know how it is when you get orders. You go to your Facebook friends list, find someone who is there or has been recently, and get all the details! We are sharing the little things that help you to make a home at Little Rock AFB!
What are the best neighborhoods?
Ward, Austin, Cabot, Jacksonville, Sherwood, North Little Rock, Maumelle each have some great neighborhoods.
What schools are considered the best?
Cabot (Public), North Little Rock (Public), Central Arkansas Christian (Private in NLR), the Catholic Schools (NLR), Abundant Life (Sherwood), Charter schools (Jacksonville and Maumelle)
Is there anywhere traffic is especially bad?
67/167 becomes backed up during rush hour and there is a back way to get from Cabot to LRAFB and Camp Robinson.
Can I get off post for lunch?
I see lots of service members around town eating lunch, so yes!
Where do you like to do your grocery shopping? Where is the best produce? The best prices?
There are Wal-Mart Supercenters everywhere in central Arkansas and those are good places to shop because you can get just about everything in one stop. Kroger is also a very popular and quality place to shop for groceries. There is a nice commissary on the LRAFB as well.
What are your favorite local restaurants?
Gadwalls in Sherwood, Santo Coyote in North Little Rock, Cancun in Jacksonville, and the Mean Pig BBQ in Cabot.
Where do you like to do your clothes/home shopping?
McCain Mall in North Little Rock is a very nice shopping center as well as there is great shopping in Little Rock (Park Plaza and Promenade).
Where do you go if you want to grab a coffee with friends and relax?
There are Starbucks located in just about every community.
Best spot for a date night?
Little Rock River Market – there are great restaurants and lots of entertainment.
Best rainy day energy-busters for the kids?
Altitude Trampoline Park in Little Rock, Jump Zone in North Little Rock. Also, for those beautiful days there are great city parks in every community. Burns Park in North Little Rock has several fantastic play areas, as well as Funland, which has amusement park style rides.
What do you LOVE about your duty station?
Arkansas has so much to offer the people who live here — beautiful lakes for boating, swimming, and camping in the spring and summer, gorgeous woodlands for hiking, biking, and cozy cabins during the fall and winter. The people in Arkansas are friendly and Southern hospitality still reigns supreme. The cost of living is less than many other areas around the country, and we tend to have more space since our population is spread out all over the state.
What else would you tell your friend who has just received orders?
Whether your duty station is the Little Rock Air Force Base, Camp Robinson or Camp Pike, you can easily live in any of the central Arkansas communities. Each community has its own unique flair and personality, so you may want to look around a little and decide which one fits you and your family’s lifestyle the best.
Community is a big part of living in Arkansas. Cheering for the hometown football team on Friday night, attending the local downtown festival on Saturday, and getting together with family and friends on Sunday is what makes this small southern state a place of being and a place you can truly feel at home. So welcome home!
Meet Your Contributor:
Rebecca Carter is an Arkansas Realtor. Her husband is currently active in the Arkansas Army National Guard and we live in North Little Rock. I grew up in Cabot, lived there for 16 years as an adult, and also still own rent houses there. Because I am a Realtor, I am very familiar with all of the central Arkansas area.