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Skateboarder at Fort Smith Riverfront Skate and Bike Park
Skateboarder at Fort Smith Riverfront Skate and Bike Park

Downtown squares full of character, museums rich in history and vineyards producing award-winning wines are just some of the unique attractions you will find throughout the cities of Western Arkansas' Mountain Frontier region.

Arial view of Fort Smith Riverfront Skate and Pike Park
Arial view of Fort Smith Riverfront Skate and Pike Park

A recently-opened state-of-the-art space is bringing a new group riding into the frontier. The 12,000-square-foot downtown Fort Smith Riverfront Skate and Bike Park overlooks the Arkansas River and is connected to the Greg Smith River Trail, a 7-mile, hard-surface multi-use trail. The park is unique in that it offers beginner, intermediate and advanced biking, skating, asphalt and concrete pump tracks, mountain bike challenge courses and a bicycle playground all in one place. One of its distinguishing features is an impressive 12-foot vertical wall shaped like the state of Arkansas. The playground has a small concrete pump track, large cones, ride-through arches and pipes, and beginner rail obstacles. Whether you are a new or expert rider, or somewhere in-between, this park has a ride for you.

Skateboarder  in action at Riverfront Skate and Bike Park
Skateboarder in action at Riverfront Skate and Bike Park

Cyclists will enjoy other popular trails in the area, such as Ben Geren Bike Trails, a diverse mountain bike system with rocks, climbs, open spaces and a mile of ADA-accessible paved trail. Lake Fort Smith State Park entices riders, climbers, hikers and kayakers with incredibly scenic views.

Skateboarder in action at Riverfront Skate and Bike Park
Skateboarder in action at Riverfront Skate and Bike Park

For other one-of-a-kind stops, don't miss Alma's Popeye statue that pays homage to the town's status as Spinach Capital of the World or Van Buren, a shopping mecca with Old Town merchants lining quaint Main Street. Altus, Paris and Wiederkehr Village offer exclusive wines from local vines.