A visit to Fort Smith National Historic Site begins at the Visitor Center, located in the former barracks/ courthouse/ jail buildings. Plan on spending at least 45 minutes touring the exhibits on the military, Trail of Tears, and the federal court, including two jails and the courtroom of Judge Parker.
On the grounds you can see the site of the first fort, walk the trail along the Arkansas River, explore the Commissary building, and reconstructed gallows. Paved paths along the grounds makes exploring the sites easy and accessible, but plan on spending up to an hour to tour the grounds of the park.
Last updated: March 26, 2020