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Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
+1 479-783-3961
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Walking tour of FS Natl Hist Sit

I had not scanned this scene in decades and was impressed by the changes and upgrades. There is a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ted G
Surprisingly Educational Park

My Husband and I stopped by this park while we were in Ft. Smith because we had a little time to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
+1 479-783-3961
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had not scanned this scene in decades and was impressed by the changes and upgrades. There is a walking trail from the Cemetary and old courthouse site to the old original fort site nearer the river. Great views of the river front. Informative signs...More

Thank Ted G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Husband and I stopped by this park while we were in Ft. Smith because we had a little time to kill. We were impressed. Very pretty place on the Arkansas River that separates Arkansas and Oklahoma. There were lots of signs explaining what used...More

Thank tlrowe57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is not too much to see on the actual site but it is well laid out with many information boards dotted all over the site. There is a large museum next to the site but is was closed by the time that we arrived...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds are good & well maintained. Informative and candid displays from the native American standpoint. The gift store unfortunately didn't have much variety atleast as per our taste.

Thank srgl0betr0tter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice park with restored buildings, knowledgeable guides. Interesting museum exhibits, recreated court room inside. Other interesting venues on site, including gallows.

Thank MO8ball
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately I didn't have much time available when visiting so didn't get chance to go in to the museum. But it's an interesting place to walk around. There are some good informative plaques to read around the site.

Thank PaulBox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You definitely need to check this place out if you're ever in Fort Smith at the great museum with lots of history and lots the fax people working there are very helpful as well

Thank Randy V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This fort was built in 1817 because of a feud between Osage and Cherokee tribes. Many trails, mail routes, stagecoach trails all met at Fort Smith on the way to Oklahoma and the Southwest. The various Indian "Trails of Tears" funneled into Fort Smith before...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Fort Smith has an amazing history catalogued at their National Historic Site. The park service maintains the beautiful grounds over looking the Arkansas and Poteau rivers. The jail is preserved allowing visitors to imagine the inmates and their living conditions under the rule of "the...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

A must visit in Fort Smith. Downtown Fort Smith is rich with history and this is the place to start.

Thank Jennifer P
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Deborah S
8 May 2017|
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Response from CAMOMOMMA2010 | Reviewed this property |
Yes we seen some and they had no problem i think you have to clean up the mess is all
Roma L
13 January 2016|
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Response from jwh916 | Reviewed this property |
As of 5/2017 Adults $7.00 children free National Park Passes acepted.
Ayla M
19 July 2015|
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Response from Vicki C | Reviewed this property |
About an hour unless you get the tour guide. He is very talkative and knows a lot of details that make it all come to life. Add another hour for that part.