Trail Details

Arkansas River Water Trail

The Arkansas River wraps around Fort Smith, which began as a Western frontier military post in 1817. The river is a corridor for transportation and recreation, and home to a wide variety of wildlife – from the endangered pallid sturgeon to millions of migratory waterfowl. The shallow backwaters adjacent to the Arkansas River provide wonderful opportunities for paddling, fishing and wildlife viewing. Barge traffic and strong currents can be hazardous on the main channel of the river.
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Owner:
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Length:
2.5 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Difficulty Comment:
Barge traffic and strong currents can be hazardous on the main channel of the river.
Trailhead Location:
To reach the Fort Smith Park Access, turn north onto Riverfront Drive (Arkansas Highway 255) from Midland Boulevard (U.S. highways 64 and 71). After crossing railroad tracks, turn right into Fort Smith Park and look for the boat ramp. To reach the Powers Port Access, continue west from Fort Smith Park on Riverfront Drive to North 19th Street and turn right.