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 »
Traffic & Travel 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.
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.