Lake Fort Smith State Park

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Lake Fort Smith State Park

Arkansas

(479) 369-2469

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Overview

Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park offers outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail.

Located on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith, this state park features all new facilities including campsites [20 Class AAA and 10 Class B], a group lodge with kitchenette that can accommodate up to 32 persons (16 in each wing), picnic sites, a pavilion, 2,660-square-foot swimming pool with adjacent wading pool and a splash pad, marina with boat rentals, double lane boat launch ramp, hiking trails, playground, and an 8,000-square-foot visitor center with exhibits, meeting/classroom, and an outdoor patio featuring a native stone, wood-burning fireplace and a view towards the lake.

The exhibit gallery tells the story of how, through time, good water made this valley a place of hope, faith and sacrifice. The gallery includes a log cabin, covered wagon, recreated Shepherd Spring, and a diorama of the lake. Many exhibits are hands-on and some contain live education animals; families with children will enjoy spending time here discovering the natural and cultural history of the area. Don't miss the 16-minute video in the special theater, which further tells the park's story and connects you to the water resources of this valley. Interpretive programs are offered in the park throughout the year by the park staff, including boat and kayak tours on the lake, nature observation, outdoor recreation activities, workshops, and more.

Map of Lake Fort Smith (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.657485, -94.150071

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park offers a double lane boat ramp for those with their own rig, while the park's marina has boats, canoes, and kayaks for rent.

  • Camping

    Campers will appreciate the all-new campground with 30 sites with water and electric hook-ups. A bathhouse with hot showers is located in the campground, as well as a dump station. The 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail ends at the park, offering backpackers a relaxing end to their journey.

  • Fishing

    Lake Fort Smith offers great freshwater fishing. Anglers can rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and fishing boats, and purchase bait, tackle, and other supplies at the marina near the boat ramp.

  • Hiking

    The 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail has its western trailhead in the park. This backpacking trail, heralded as one of the most scenic in the nation, begins by skirting Lake Fort Smith, and then enters the Ozark National Forest where it takes the hiker across hills and hollows, crevices, bluffs, and past numerous waterfalls.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area and playground are located near the marina on the lake. A pavilion is available for rent for large events.

  • RVing

    Campers will appreciate the all-new campground with 30 sites with water and electric hook-ups. A bathhouse with hot showers is located in the campground, as well as a dump station.

  • Water Sports

    Go for a swim in the 2,660-square-foot swimming pool with adjacent wading pool and splash pad.

Directions

Driving

From Mountainburg, go eight miles north on U.S. 71. For those traveling on I-540, take Exit #29 at Mountainburg.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(479) 369-2469

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