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Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

On the banks of Arkansas River, Fort Smith celebrates its Wild West history at museums like the National Historic Site, through preservation of numerous historic homes and through annual festivals, such as its Old Fort Days Rodeo, held each spring. Downtown, Garrison Avenue is full of shopping, dining, arts and entertainment venues.

Fishing opportunities abound with the Arkansas River Navigation System, which has created scores of quiet inlets and bayous filled with many kinds of native Arkansas fish. The Ft. Smith area also has a reputation as a bird sanctuary. Other outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking and canoeing can be found nearby at Devil's Den State Park and the Mulberry River.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and near the junction of Interstates 40 and 540, Fort Smith is 5 miles from Van Buren, 47 miles from Arkansas wine country, and 63 miles from Fayetteville.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Classic Carriage Tours, LLC

Directions: 4th and Garrison Avenue next door to Goodson's City and historic tours, weddings, anniversaries, company picnics, corporate events, family and class reunions, theme parties; taxi service; caisson funerals. A red "one horse open sleigh"

Fort Smith, AR Tours

West Garrison Avenue Historic District

One of the oldest districts in the city. GROUPS: Tour giudes available by request.

Fort Smith, AR Historic Districts


Darby House Museum

The boyhood home of General William O. Darby, leader of Darby's Rangers in World War II; contains personal military memorabilia of the general; also has tributes to Darby and artifacts from Cisterna, Italy, Fort Smith'

Fort Smith, AR Museums

Fort Smith Museum of History

Directions: West end of Rogers Ave. between 3rd and 4th Streets Artifacts depict history and culture of the Fort Smith area from Native Americans to present, military activity, notable personalities; revolving exhibits; old-time soda fountain; gift shop.

Fort Smith, AR Museums

Things to do near Fort Smith, AR

Ozark Bridge

Spanning the Arkansas River as Scenic Hwy. 23, this structure is listed as one of the 16 most beautiful long spans in the U.S...

Fort Smith River Park

Playgrounds, Miniature Golf, Skateboarding, Walking Trails, Fishing, Boating, Bird Watching. Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Te...

Fort Smith Trolley Museum

Directions: Go south on South 4th from Garrison Avenue. The museum is 4 blocks south of the avenue. You will see a steam loco...

Hardscrabble Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 30 days...

National Scenic 7 Byway

One of the most scenic drives in the country, Scenic 7 runs from the Louisiana border to the Missouri border, passing through...