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

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

Fort Smith Art Center

Housed in the Vaughn-Schaap House, a Victorian Second Empire structure, the center presents changing exhibits and permanent collections.

Fort Smith, AR Arts

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 locomotive. We are next to the National Cemetery and close to the Fort Smith Museum of History and The Fort Smith Historic site.

Fort Smith, AR Museums

Creekmore Park Train Rides

Train runs Wednesday thru Sunday plus holidays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day; weekends only September 8-October 28

Fort Smith, AR Excursions

Things to do near Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith Air Museum

Aviation displays include a pilot's license signed by Orville Wright, Piper J-3 Cub, P-51 movie prop from the Tuskegee Airmen...

Fianna Hills Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Arkansas River

Bass, crappie and catfish flourish in this major mid-America fishery. Launching ramps and campsites at a number of Corps of E...

Walton Fine Arts Center

Directions: University of the Ozarks campus Features Stephens Art Gallery, with glass and ivory carvings collections, and nu...

Logan County Museum

Small museum of local history is housed in the old jail where the state's last hanging took place; listed on the National Reg...