Sideway trail curves between trees and green grass on a sunny day.
River Trail Loop along the Arkansas River

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Fort Smith National Historic Site is located in the historic downtown area of Fort Smith. Its urban setting on the bank of the Arkansas River offers many opportunities for exploring history and nature. While the park is a safe place to visit, there are some precautions to keep in mind.

Top ten ways to stay safe during your visit

1. Be prepared for the weather. Summer can be very humid and reach temperatures over 100 degrees. Carry adequate water, use sun protection, and follow heat precautions while exploring the park.

2. We are a pet friendly park! However, dogs need be on a leash and under control at all times. Loose dogs can be hazardous to pedestrians and other dogs. Please dispose of your dog's waste - bag dispensers and garbage cans can be found along the trails.

3. For pedestrian safety, do not drive motorized vehicles on the trails or sidewalks. Wheelchairs are always allowed.

4. Walk on approved trails. Going off trail can damage park resources, accelerate erosion, threaten wildlife, or lead to personal injury.

5. Watch out for poison ivy! It is growing in several places in the park and contact with the skin can cause a serious rash. If you are not sure what poison ivy looks like, please see a Park Ranger at the front desk.

6. Keep an eye out for trains. There are active railroad tracks running through the park.

7. Snakes (some of which are poisonous) can be found throughout the park and particularly along the river. The most common poisonous snakes in the park are copperheads and water moccasins. Pay attention to where you walk and do not disturb snakes if you encounter them.

8. Wasps, bees, and other stinging insects may be present throughout the park. Do not disturb insects or their nests.

9. Please follow park staff’s instructions during demonstrations.

10. Practice awareness of your surroundings at all times.

Last updated: February 14, 2024

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