While I love sitting around a fire at a tent campsite, you’ll never hear me complain about stoking a wood-burning fireplace in a cabin either. Hmmm, my focus seems to be on fires on this cold winter day; but, what I’m really talking about are places to stay in the great outdoors.
Your newest option is at Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg. Ten new rental cabins are now open there. Each is fully-equipped and feature a great room with a wood-burning fireplace, high definition satellite TV, kitchen, and dining area. Five cabins offer one bedroom and one bathroom. The other five cabins include two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
You can enjoy an elevated covered deck with a woods view at the back of each cabin with a picnic table and a grill on the ground level. Inside, the one bedroom cabins have bathrooms with spa tubs. The two bedroom cabins two bathrooms, one with a spa tub and one with a walk-in shower.
Two of the cabins (a one-bedroom cabin and a two-bedroom cabin) are barrier-free to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities. Tubs are not offered in these two barrier-free cabins. The bathroom in the one-bedroom barrier-free cabin features a roll-in shower. The two-bedroom barrier-free cabin features a roll-in shower in one bathroom and a walk-in shower in the other.
None of Lake Fort Smith’s 10 cabins will be designated “dog-friendly.” However, service animals will be welcome.
A one-bedroom cabin will rent for $127/two adults/day. A two-bedroom cabin will be $142/four adults/day. Each additional person will be $12/day. The toll-free number for Lake Fort Smith’s cabin reservations is: 888-695-3526.
Lake Fort Smith State Park offers outdoor adventures such as 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.
It features campsites, group facilities for dining and lodging, picnic sites, a pavilion, swimming pool with adjacent wading pool and splash pad, marina with boat rentals, double lane boat launch ramp, hiking trails and a 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 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 animals for education. Kids love this area, of course. 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.
The park is eight miles north of Mountainburg on U.S. 71, or take Exit #29 off I-540 at Mountainburg.