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 »
Virtual Tour of the Grounds
Walking Distance: ~ 1.4 miles
Fort Smith National Historic Site is authorized 75 acres. There are 37 acres in the park. Most of the remainder is located on the Oklahoma shore of the Arkansas River and the park is working with the town of Moffett to protect this shoreline from development in order to maintain a resemblance of what this area looked like during the historic period. This shoreline is visible while traveling a major leg of the tour along the Riverwalk Trail, a sidewalk that travels approximately 1,500’ along the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers.
The tour starts at the Memorial Gate wall located on the northwest edge of the National Historic Site.
Did You Know?
A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.