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Getting Back to Nature

Lake Fort Smith State Park
I-540 at Mountainburg

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Completely renovated and recently reopened in summer 2008, 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, which offers boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking areas. Visitors can stay at 30 camp sites offering electric and water and rent a boat from the park’s marina.

Mount Magazine State Park
16878 Highway 309 South

At 2,753 feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas’s highest mountain and rises above the valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to the north. The mountain is a place to enjoy sightseeing, hiking, picnicking, camping, horseback riding, birding and wildlife watching. Adventure-seekers can also enjoy backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling, hang gliding, biking, mountain biking or riding on an ATV trail. Visitors can stay at the magnificent Lodge at Mount Magazine that boasts 60 first-class rooms overlooking breathtaking views on the southern bluff. The park’s campground offers 18 sites complete with water and electric hookups.

Janet Huckabee Nature Reserve
8300 Wells Lake Road

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 to 5 p.m.

Ben Geren Regional Park
7200 Zero Street

This 1,300-acre county park offers lighted softball fields, tennis courts, hiking trails, a 27-hole golf course, mini-golf, a BMX track and a soccer complex.

Fort Smith City Parks
Creekmore Park
Rogers and South 31st streets

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.

Carol Ann Cross Park
1601 South 74th Street

Located on 51 acres, this city park offers limited boating, fishing piers, a nature area, picnic pavilion, walking trails, flower garden and playground.

Fort Smith Park
Clayton Expressway at the Arkansas River

This 43.3-acre park offers 33 picnic sites, a large picnic pavilion, a playground and a boat ramp.

Fort Smith Dog Park
Corner of Massard Road and Louisville Street

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 features benches and a pond.

Harry E. Kelley Park
North A Street and Clayton Expressway

Located on 5.1 acres 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.

Martin Luther King Park
Greenwood Avenue and North R Street

This 19.4-acre city park contains playgrounds, a skate park, a swimming pool, lighted baseball and soccer fields, a lighted basketball court, and a lighted walking trail.

Springhill Park
Highway 59 West

This U.S. Corps of Engineers park adjacent to the Arkansas River offers mountain biking trails, camping, fishing, boating, playgrounds and pavilions. Golf Courses

Ben Geren Regional Park

27-hole county golf course offering carts, lessons and a pro shop

Fianna Hills Country Club

18-hole private golf course for members and guests

Hardscrabble Country Club

18-hole private golf course for members and guests

Eagle Crest Golf Course

18-hole public golf course in Alma

First Tee of Fort Smith

6-hole, 1,147-yard, 24-executive length golf course donated by local businessmen for children

Thousand Hills Golf Resort

Golf course and resort in Branson, Missouri

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