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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Operating Hours & Seasons

The Park's grounds are open 365 days a year and include the paved trails along the Arkansas River and Belle Point, parking lots, picnic tables, and several excellent outdoor exhibits.

The Visitors' Center, gallows, and Commissary building are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for the following:

New Year's Day - closed
Thanksgiving Day - closed
Christmas Day - closed

There are rare occasions when snowy or icy weather will prevent employees and/or visitors from traveling to the Fort Smith National Historic Site. These closings will be posted on our index page as soon as we are made aware. Generally, Park closings reflect Fort Smith Public School closings as related to inclement weather.

Snowy Courthouse
A Snowy Fort Smith National Historic Site Visitor Center.
(Ranger Pat Schmidt)

Did You Know?

Lady Bird Johnson speaking at Fort Smith NHS dedication

Lady Bird Johnson came to Fort Smith National Historic Site to dedicate the park on October 27, 1964.