Road Construction I-540
Traveling West on I-40? To avoid construction delays, do not take Exit 7 (I-540 S). Stay on I-40 west and take Exit 1 Dora. Stay on Hwy 64D for 6 miles and follow signs to Fort Smith. After crossing over the river, turn right on 4th ST & right on Garland. More »
Trees and Shrubs
On Belle Point trees are numerous, both replants and older, and give the appearance of an open parkland. A narrow strip of forested land which has reverted to a "quasi-natural" condition borders the Arkansas River below Belle Point. Overstory trees include cottonwood, sugarberry, and black locust. Prominent understory trees are represented by black locust, red mulberry, sycamore, redbud, black willow, and black cherry. A few cottonwood trees are truly massive in size, their trunks being several feet in diameter. It is possible that some of the cottonwood trees may actually date to the historic period at Fort Smith.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Army selected a spot overlooking the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers for the site of a fort. Soldiers from the Rifle Regiment arrived in 1817 and named the site Fort Smith after their commanding officer, Thomas A. Smith.