On the banks of Arkansas River, Fort Smith AR celebrates its Wild West history at museums like the National Historic Site, through preservation of numerous historic homes and through annual Fort Smith Arkansas 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 Fort Smith Arkansas 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 AR is 5 miles from Van Buren, 47 miles from Arkansas wine country, and 63 miles from Fayetteville.
Comprising a 22-square block area bounded by North 5th Street, North “H” Street, North 8th Street and North “C” Street, the beautiful Belle Grove area was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1970’s. Since then nearly 25 homes that span 130 years of varying architectural styles have been restored.
Fort Smith: Bastion of Law and Order
At Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served. The park includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas.