Lake Fort Smith State Park - Mountainburg, AR - Arkansas State Parks

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15458 Shepherd Spring Rd
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35.68
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-94.14
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Welcome to Lake Fort Smith State Park
Lake Fort Smith State Park is your gateway to adventure in the natural diversity of the Boston Mountains. The park overlooks Lake Fort Smith in the rugged Boston Mountain Range of the northwest Arkansas Ozarks. Originally a 1930’s WPA Fort Smith city park, the area became a popular state park in 1973. Following a move from its original location, the state park reopened in 2008 on the western side of a 1,400-acre reservoir made by enlarging and joining lakes Fort Smith and Shepherd Springs. This is a beautiful lake surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, for recreation, plus, water storage to supply Fort Smith and the surrounding area. The 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail has its western trailhead in the park. This backpacking trail, heralded as one of the most scenic in the nation, begins at our visitor center skirts Lake Fort Smith, enters the Ozark National Forest where it takes the hiker across hills and hollows, crevices, bluffs, and past numerous waterfalls. The backpacker can walk from the state park, across the Ozark National Forest, through several wilderness areas, and along the Buffalo National River. The park offers hiking and backpacking workshops, boating and kayaking courses, birding and wildlife courses, nature photography, art, and journaling classes, outdoor cooking, and many adventures by land and water. Every season is a new adventure in the Ozarks. From the splendor of the blooming dogwoods and redbuds in the spring to the blaze of bright oranges, reds and yellows in the fall, the mountains are always alive. A few moments of quiet observation at dawn or dusk reveals the sounds and sights of the bountiful wildlife which live here.

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Camping
Choose from 20 campsites with full hookups and 10 campsites with water & electric. Hot showers in a heated bathhouse provide year round convenience. Two sites are barrier-free.

Cabins
Ten rental cabins include one-bedroom and two-bedroom designs featuring a private bathroom for each bedroom. Each cabin includes a great room with wood-burning fireplace, high definition satellite TV, kitchen and dining area. At the back of each cabin is a large, elevated covered deck. Two cabins are barrier-free. The toll-free number for cabin reservations is: 888-695-3526.

Group Lodging
Group facilities include a dining hall and two group lodges with kitchenettes. Featuring single beds, plus private rooms for counselors, each lodge can accommodate 28-32 persons.

Marina
Rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, fishing boats, and party barges. Purchase bait, tackle, vending, and other supplies. A double lane boat ramp is nearby.

Trails
A perfect way to enjoy the seasonal beauty of the Ozark Mountains is to hike the park’s trails. The park is the western terminus of the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT), a trail offering hiking and backpacking as scenic and challenging as found anywhere in the country. This 165-mile trail passes through the heart of the Ozark Mountains.

Other Park Facilities
Enjoy the picnic sites, a pavilion, playground, swimming pool, and visitor center featuring interactive exhibits, a meeting/classroom, and gift shop.
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