Things To Do

Aerial view visitor center entrance, jail wagon, garrison flag flying over the parade ground, and commissary in background
The Fort Smith NHS Visitor Center is located in the historic barracks/courthouse/jail building.


The main entrance to the visitor center is located on the south end of the barracks/courthouse/jail building.

Exhibits in the visitor center focus on Fort Smith’s military history from 1817 – 1871, western expansion, the federal court’s impact on Indian Territory, Federal Indian policy, and Indian Removal.

Also located on the grounds are the foundation of the first Fort Smith (1817-1824), the Commissary building (circa 1838) and a reconstruction of the gallows used by the federal court. The trail along the Arkansas River includes wayside exhibits on various periods of the history of Fort Smith.

Check the event calendar to see if the park has special programs or activities scheduled during your visit.


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    Last updated: May 28, 2024

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    301 Parker Ave
    Fort Smith, AR 72901


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