Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Road
Fort Smith, AR 72923
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The third Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature center was built on former Fort Chaffee land in Fort Smith next to Wells Lake, a popular spot for fishing and picnics. It includes a gift shop, classroom, multipurpose room, and a wildlife workshop. There is a wheelchair-accessible trail with wayside exhibit signs highlighting the environment and history of the lake and surrounding property. A 1,200-gallon aquarium contains species relevant to the Arkansas River.