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BACKYARD ADVENTURES

Camping, hiking, golfing are just a few of the options in our backyard

From water sports to hiking trails, Fort Smith and the surrounding communities have everything you need for that next outdoor adventure. With thousands of acres available for all types of outdoor enthusiasts, getting back to nature in the Fort Smith Region is as easy as stepping out your back door.


Lake Fort Smith

 
LAKE FORT SMITH STATE PARK
15458 Shepherd Springs Rd, Mountainburg, AR
(479) 369-2469
 
Completely renovated, this state park is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Ozarks and adjoins a 1,705-acre fishing lake. The newly renovated facilities include 34 camping sites and a group lodge.
Lake Fort Smith is immediately adjacent to the beautiful Ozark National Forest that offers boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking areas. Visitors can stay at 30 campsites offering electricity and water and rent a boat from the park’s marina.
 

JANET HUCKABEE RIVER VALLEY NATURE CENTER
8300 Wells Lake Road
(479) 452-3993

The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously a part of Fort Chaffee. The building overlooks Wells Lake, and the center focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home, including colorful songbirds, turtles and small mammals.

Visitors can tour interesting exhibits inside, hike nature trails outside or spend time canoeing and fishing in the lake. The center is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.


Parrot Island Waterpark is part of the Ben Geren Regional Park ammenities. 
 
BEN GEREN REGIONAL PARK
7200 Zero St.
(479) 646-2444
PARK WEBSITE

This 1,300-acre county park has everything from a public golf course to a frisbee golf course. The park offers a mixture of sports facilities including lighted softball fields, tennis courts, 27-hole golf course and is also the home of Parrot Island Water Park. For the trail enthusiast, there’s backwoods hiking/biking, walking trails, picnic facilities and open space. The new children’s playground accommodates around 200 kids at one time with modern play activities, as well as new swing sets, benches and landscaping. There’s something at this park for everyone.


Photo courtesy of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation
 
CREEKMORE PARK
Rogers Avenue and South 31st Street
 
Located on 27 acres in the heart of Fort Smith, this city park offers charcoal grills, a community center building with public meeting rooms, concessions, drinking fountains, flower gardens, a playground, a lighted basketball and tennis court, miniature golf, a nature area, benches, picnic area, restrooms, swimming pools, a miniature train, volleyball court, walking/exercise trail, shuffleboard and a gazebo. The steam train at Creekmore is a Fort Smith favorite.
West End Park Ferris Wheel
THE PARK AT WEST END
15 North B St.
 
Rides are only $1 on the iconic Ferris Wheel and Carousel. Restaurant on site.
 
CAROL ANN CROSS PARK
1601 S. 74th St.
 
Located on 51 acres, this city park offers fishing piers, a nature area, pedal boats (seasonal), picnic pavilion, walking trails, flower garden and playground.
FORT SMITH PARK
5301 Riverfront Drive
at the Arkansas River
 
This 43.3-acre park offers 33 picnic sites, a large picnic pavilion, a walking trail, soccer fields, basketball courts, a gazebo, a playground and a boat ramp.
Photo courtesy of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation
 
FORT SMITH DOG PARK
Corner of Massard Rd, Louisville St.
 
This dog-lovers park provides an off-leash experience and socialization opportunity for all of Fort Smith’s four-legged friends while also offering special events and programs. The park also features a mutt mitt station, benches and a pond.
Photo courtesy of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation
 
HARRY E. KELLEY PARK
North A Street and Clayton Exp.
 
Located on 5.1 acres off near downtown Fort Smith, this riverfront park contains a large amphitheater, picnic area, fishing and a two-mile levee trail along the Arkansas River.
LEE CREEK RESERVOIR
Highway 59 North
 
This 1,443-acre park offers boating, fishing, a nature area and walking and hiking trails.
Photo courtesy of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation
 
MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK
Greenwood Ave. & North O Street
 
This19.4 acre city park contains playgrounds, a skate park, a swimming pool, pavilions, lighted baseball and soccer fields, a lighted basketball court and a lighted walking trail.
SPRINGHILL PARK
Highway 59 West
(479) 452-4598
 
This U.S. Corps of Engineers park adjacent to the Arkansas River offers mountain biking trails, camping, fishing, boating, playgrounds and pavilions.
WILLIAM O. DARBY RV COMMUNITY
11601 Darby Avenue
(479) 242-0799
 
This park offers 39 RV camping sites with full hook-ups.
 
GOLF COURSES 
 
Ben Geren Regional Park
(479) 646-5301
27-hole public golf course offering carts, lessons and pro shop.
 
 
Fianna Hills Country Club
www.fiannahillscountryclub.com
(479) 646-7861
18-hole private golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, and dining for members and guests.
 
 
Hardscrabble Country Club
www.hardscrabblecc.com
(479) 783-3731
18-hole private golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, and dining for members and guests.
 
 
Eagle Crest Golf Course
www.golfeaglecrest.com
(479) 632-8857
18-hole golf course in Alma with Pro Shop, RV Park, and “Eagles Nest” grill.
 
First Tee of Fort Smith
www.thefirstteefortsmith.org
(479) 648-9833
The facility includes a 6-hole course, a 3-hole short course, a complete practice area with driving range. 
 
Deer Trails Golf Course
www.chaffeecrossing.com
(479) 478-6971
Public 9-hole golf course with pro-shop and full grill/restaurant