Gillian Rossi

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Gillian Rossi is an Arkansas State Park Interpreter working at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. She hosts Pinnacle Points on KUAR, a series of one-minute spots exploring the park.

Rossi graduated from Hendrix College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and began working for Arkansas State Parks. She first worked at Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier, Arkansas.

She says her favorite part of the job is being able to share her passion about the environment with visitors on a daily basis, and "helping them discover how amazing Arkansas truly is!" 

She is currently attending Western State Colorado University online, working towards her masters in Environmental Land Management.

You can get in touch with her by emailing:

Reptiles in Winter

Feb 27, 2016
Juvenile Stinkpot Turtle
Matthew Friant

During the winter, squirrels are congregating in their leafy nests, birds are migrating, but what about the reptiles at Pinnacle Mountain State Park? They are entering brumation! 

Cypress Knees

Feb 27, 2016

At Pinnacle Mountain State Park, the trees have knees. The Bald Cypress trees, at least. These giant, water-loving trees grow in and around the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers, and play an important role in the life of the park’s lowland forests. 

Remembrance Farm

Feb 26, 2016
John Gould Fletcher and Charlie May Simon

Long before Pinnacle Mountain State Park became a park, two of Arkansas’s most famous writers lived in a house near its base. The house, which sits next to Chief White Horse stable, was called Remembrance Farm. The writers who lived there were John Gould Fletcher and his wife, Charlie May Simon.

Pinnacle Mountain marks the very end of the Ouachita Mountain range, which, unlike most other mountain ranges in the United States, runs east to west rather than north to south.

Geologists from all over the world come to explore Pinnacle Mountain State Park’s unique geological formations, and many have described the park as “pure geographical chaos.”

Pinnacle Mountain, and Little Rock itself, marks the point where various geographic regions in the state collide, including the Arkansas River Valley, Mississippi Alluvial Plains, Gulf Coastal Plains, and the Ouachita Mountains. This creates an extremely diverse landscape.

Sunrise behind Pinnacle Mountain
Matthew Friant

Ask around in Central Arkansas and you will run into few people who are unfamiliar with Pinnacle Mountain, or simply, “Pinnacle,” as most locals call it. However, Pinnacle Mountain has not always carried that title.

Quarry Pond

Oct 23, 2015

Pinnacle Mountain State Park has gone through several changes over the past century. In the 1920s, the area’s rocky slopes became the perfect place to harvest shale and sandstone for a variety of construction projects. The eastern slope of Pinnacle Mountain, where the East Summit Trail is today, was the major source of sandstone used to build the Lake Maumelle Dam in 1956. Segments of the East Summit Trail and the Base Trail follow the old quarry roads.


Oct 23, 2015

Many visitors reach the top of Pinnacle Mountain and notice large, dark birds soaring through the sky, lazily circling the summit of the mountain. These birds are labeled as eagles or hawks by many, but are usually none other than the turkey vulture.

Judge Fulk

Jul 19, 2015
The Quarry Pond at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Created after ground water leached onto the surface filling a hole over from the quarry site.
Meghan from

In the 1920s Judge James Fulk purchased much of the land where Pinnacle Mountain is now located. 

Six quarry sites were developed on the land to mine shale and sandstone, which were used to build several structures in Little Rock, including the Lake Maumelle Dam in the 1950s.  Evidence of these construction sites can still be seen, including one next to the visitor center and an overlook at the end of the Rocky Valley Trail. 

The land was used for the removal of sandstone and Jackfork shale until the 1970s when it was turned into a State Park.

1975 Park Cleanup

Jul 17, 2015

The land where Pinnacle Mountain State Park is today used to be a dump site for local residents.

In 1975, a thousand volunteers joined together for a park-wide cleanup effort. Seven hundred of the volunteers were Boy Scouts from all across Arkansas.