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Lake Fort Smith State Park is tucked into the northwestern corner of Arkansas, just a short drive from Mountainburg. Less than an hour from the larger cities of Fayetteville and Springdale, Lake Fort Smith State Park is the perfect stop off for anyone with an RV rental looking to explore The Land Of Opportunity.
Technically, the park was first established in 1967 but was renovated and reopened in 2008, complete with new and modern amenities. Designed to mimic the original style of the park, the new facilities provide all the modern comforts within a faux 1930’s village setting.
Nestled into the Boston Mountain Valley and in close proximity to Arkansas’ large cities, search for an RV in Crawford Country for a getaway with the perfect balance of natural beauty and city convenience.
Situated on the edge of Lake Fort Smith, state park RV camping is the perfect getaway for those that love to spend time on the water. The 1,400-acre lake is best explored by boat. If you have your own vessel in tow, make use of the double-lane boat ramp to launch it on to the water. Otherwise, rent a kayak or motorboat from the office at the Park Marina. The office also sells a selection of bait, tackle, and other fishing gear, for any keen anglers with a rental RV nearby.
Although swimming is not allowed in the lake itself, there is a large man-made swimming pool at Lake Fort Smith State Park. Manned by lifeguards during peak season, children and adults can enjoy the wading pool, splash pad and two water slides without a worry. There are also some sunbeds available to the public, for those that wish to soak up a few rays.
Situated at the western end of the 165-mile long Ozark Highlands Trail, camper rental near Lake Fort Smith State Park is a popular activity amongst serious hikers. Considered to be one of the best long-distance trails in the US, it is well worth attempting to complete a section of the trail whilst in the area. The path begins from the visitor’s center and rewards hikers with glimpses of majestic waterfalls, unique bluffs, and picturesque views over Lake Fort Smith.
The modern visitor’s center that covers an impressive 8,000 square-feet is a must-visit for anyone renting an RV nearby and wants to learn more about the park. With intriguing exhibitions housed in a log cabin, a large theater showing fascinating documentary films as well as a schedule of interactive programs, you are guaranteed to leave with a newfound knowledge of Lake Fort Smith State Park.
Since its upgrade in 2008, camping at Lake Fort Smith State Park could not be more comfortable. Located at the western side of the state park, the campground has quick and easy access to the visitor’s center, swimming pool facilities and boat ramp for those that wish to use it.
Those camping with an RV can choose between thirty campsites organized across two different loops. Consider a campsite in Loop A for closer access to the lakeshore and sites with full hookups for your luxury RV rental. Alternatively, opt for a site on Loop B that are suitable for smaller rigs and come equipped with water and electric hookups. For those that would rather use the park’s facilities, both sites have access to the park’s two well-kept washrooms complete with hot showers and flushing toilets for your comfort.
Whilst RV camping at Lake Fort Smith State Park, why not take a day to explore the surrounding area. A forty-minute drive south of the park is Fort Smith, currently the second-largest city in Arkansas and home to a multitude of city attractions.
A visit to the Fort Smith Historic Site is a must-do for those interested in learning more about the area’s rich history. Begin your visit in the visitor’s center, which also doubles up as a fascinating museum. Housed in the historic barracks and jail building, visitors can peruse the various exhibitions before embarking on a tour of these converted buildings which includes untouched jail cells and the courtroom of Judge Parker. Don’t forget to explore the outside grounds of the building to discover the site of the first Fort Smith and a reconstruction of the Fort Smith Gallows.
Should you have a keen interest in the history of Arkansas’ railroads, Fort Smith Trolley Museum is a must-visit. The small museum, run by volunteers, houses a collection of railcars and showcases that demonstrate the evolution of the railroad over the years. However, the real highlight of this museum is the short ride on one of the historic trollies. With an informative commentary during your ride told by the friendly driver, this is a must-visit attraction for sure.
Consider taking the kids to the Parrot Island Waterpark situated in the heart of Fort Smith. This tropical-themed park is a perfect family activity on a hot day. With a giant wave pool, four fun slides, a lazy river, a water sports area and plenty of lifeguards on duty, this is a fun afternoon for both adults and children alike. Either bring a picnic to enjoy or purchase refreshments from one of the kiosks in the park and enjoy lunch in-between slide runs!