Discover the Past

From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.

Explore life on the edge of Indian Territory through the stories of soldiers, the Trail of Tears, dangerous outlaws, and the brave lawmen who pursued them.

Barracks, Courthouse, and Jail

Exploring Fort Smith

Jails, courtroom, trails, exhibits, and more there are many ways to explore Fort Smith.

Junior Ranger Badge

Become a Junior Ranger

Kids of all ages can earn Junior Ranger badges.

Feamal park volunteer holding a camera with a cannon in the background

Volunteers Wanted

We have opportunities for those wishing to volunteer their time and skills. Become a VIP - Volunteers in Parks

6 different park passes

Park Passes

A pass cover entrance fees and day use fees at over 2,000 federal recreation sites.

Gallows with two nooses

Executions at Fort Smith

From 1873 - 1896, eighty-six men were hanged for the crimes of murder and rape.

Judge Parker's Courtroom

Federal Court 1872-1896 Database

Searchable database of Deputy US Marshals and Federal Court Employees for the Western District of Arkansas including I.T. 1872 -1896.

Last updated: September 20, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

301 Parker Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901


(479) 783-3961

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