The designated wedding location at Fort Smith is the historic Belle Point. Located on a hill where overlooking the joining of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, Belle Point is also the location of the first Fort Smith established in 1817. This scenic and beautiful overlook provides the perfect backdrop for small, informal weddings.
First Amendment ActivitiesFreedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size.
A small group is defined as "25 people or less." A "small group" is not required to obtain a First Amendment Permit if they are located within a park designated First Amendment site and have no more than leaflets, booklets and/or hand-held signs. A permit is required for any small group that:
a. wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area.
b. wants to use equipment (i.e., tables, banners, platforms, etc.) even if it is within a designated area.
c. is merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the 25 person maximum.
d. wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated First Amendment areas.
A large group is defined as more than "25 people" and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site.
Some examples of special events that fall under First Amendment Rules:
Commercial Filming & Still Photography
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.
These forms (click on above links) may be printed out, completed, and mailed/emailed/faxed to the park. Please note that the application review process will not begin until the application fee is received.
Permits & Reservations
Last updated: February 14, 2017