Jill M. Rohrbach
Sporting all new facilities in 2008, the 259-acre park features 30 campsites [20 Class AAA sites with water/50 amp electric/sewer and 10 Class B sites with water/30 amp electric]; a group lodge with great room and kitchenette that can accommodate up to 32 persons (16 in each wing); picnic sites; a pavilion; marina with boat rentals; double lane boat launch ramp; playground; 8,000-square-foot visitor center with exhibit gallery, meeting/classroom and gift shop; hiking trails and other park support facilities. Park programs will be offered throughout the year by the park’s interpretive staff.
A trail link allows Lake Fort Smith State Park to once again serve as the western terminus of the Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. The park’s new 2,660-square-foot swimming pool has an adjacent wading pool and a splash pad. The pool’s 2,251-square-foot bathhouse features changing areas, lockers, a snack bar and office.
The park is located eight miles south of Mountainburg on U.S. 71; or take Exit #29 off I-540 at Mountainburg.