Lake Fort Smith State Park

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I’m sure I’ve talked about Lake Ft. Smith State Park here before. About 6 years ago the original park was closed to make way for a larger lake to supply Fort Smith with more water. Arkansas State Parks and the City of Fort Smith have been working to reopen the park in a new location. The park is now about 9 miles north of Mountainburg, Arkansas on highway 71.

Next to the new Visitor Center is a state of the art pool. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Between the Visitor Center and the pool is the new Western Terminus of the Ozark Highlands trail. The trail leaves from Lake Fort Smith State Park and goes about 180 miles through the Ozarks.

As you start the trail you walk behind the Visitor Center. What a great place to start.

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The park has a very nice marina where you can rent fishing boats, kayaks and canoes.

The day use area on the shores of Lake Fort Smith include covered picnic tables a playground bathrooms and a pavilion.The park currently has 30 state of the art campsites and a Group Lodge that sleeps 32. Cabins and a dining hall are in the plans.

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2 Responses

  1. I can’t begin to figure out the difference between the “state-of-the-art” campsite you said are at Ft. Smith’s new place and a regular campsite.

  2. He He…. some of the new RV’s are nothing less than a mobile house. State of the art means full hookups, 50 amp service to power those two air conditioners, water and sewer hookups, a separate tent pad, lantern hook, grill, etc.

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