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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Traffic & Travel Tips

Parking Tips:

Fort Smith National Historic Site's parking lot is located at 4th Street and Garland Avenue. From Rogers Avenue in downtown Fort Smith, go south on 4th Street two blocks to Garland Avenue and turn right. Garland Avenue takes you directly into the parking lot. The Fort Smith National Historic Site's parking lot is equipped for large motor homes and buses.

There is also limited parking available along Third Street at Parker Avenue. From Rogers Avenue, turn south on 4th Street and go one block to Parker Avenue, turn right. Parker Avenue dead-ends at Third Street where there are some parking spaces.

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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.