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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Special Use Permit

A Special Use Permit may be required for activities such as:

  • Weddings
  • Concerts
  • Demonstrations & Protests

At least one month's notice and application for Special Use Permits is required.

Fees for monitoring, administrative costs, and restoration may apply.

If you are not familiar with Fort Smith NHS, a pre-visit is encouraged. The location where the event is to take place needs to be determined before the day of the event. There may be special restrictions in the area that could limit access.

Filming Permit

Filming permits are issued on an individual basis based on the size of the project (movie, commercial, etc.), how many staff are needed for supervision, and how much time will be involved. Additional fees may be required depending on the situation. Call for details.

Wedding Permit

Weddings are allowed in the park under the terms and conditions listed on the park's Standard Operating Procedure and Permit.

For additional information, call 479-783-3961.


Application for Special Use Permit

Application for Special Use Permit (Fillable Form)

Application for Filming Permit

Commercial Filming Location Fee Schedule

Guidelines for Wedding Permit (use standard Special Use Permit application)

These forms (click on above links) may be printed out, completed, and mailed to the park.
At this time online submissions are not available.

Send to:
Special Use Permits Coordinator
Fort Smith National Historic Site
P.O.Box 1406
Fort Smith, AR 72902

Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.