• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Children's Programs

The park has a Junior Ranger program for children ages 5-12. Ask at the front desk for a Junior Ranger activity booklet. Complete four activities and receive a Fort Smith National Historic Site Junior Ranger badge. There is no charge for the program.

Did You Know?

foundation remains of first fort overlooking Arkansas River

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.