Lake Fort Smith State Park
Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park offers outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail.

Located on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith, this state park features all new facilities including campsites [20 Class AAA and 10 Class B], group facilities including a dining hall and two group lodges with kitchenettes that can accommodate up to 32 persons (16 in each wing) each, picnic sites, a pavilion, 2,660-square-foot swimming pool with adjacent wading pool and a splash pad, marina with boat rentals, double lane boat launch ramp, hiking trails, and playground. The park's 8,000-square-foot visitor center includes exhibits, a meeting/classroom, and an outdoor patio featuring a native stone, wood-burning fireplace and a lake view.

The exhibit gallery tells the stories of how, through time, good water made this valley a place of hope, faith and sacrifice. The gallery includes a log cabin, covered wagon, re-created Shepherd Spring, and a diorama of the lake. Many exhibits are hands-on, and some contain live education animals. Families with children will enjoy spending time here discovering the natural and cultural history of the area. A theater features a 16-minute video that further tells the park's story and will connect you to the water resources of this valley.
Interpretive programs are offered in the park throughout the year by the park staff, including boat and kayak tours on the lake, nature observation, outdoor recreation activities, workshops, and more.

Contact Lake Fort Smith State Park

P.O. Box 4
Mountainburg, Arkansas  72946
Phone: 479-369-2469


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