Back to Nature: Lake Fort Smith State Park

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Jill M. Rohrbach
Lake Fort Smith State Park Visitor
Arkansas’s 23rd state park, Lake Fort Smith in Mountainburg, is nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this park offers outdoor adventure including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and hiking.

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.

Lake Fort Smith State Park Water ParkA 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.

Lake Fort Smith State Park Marina

The park is located eight miles south of Mountainburg on U.S. 71; or take Exit #29 off I-540 at Mountainburg.

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