Things to Do in Fort Smith
Located in the center of the mid-South, right on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, Fort Smith of today is still flavored by our rough-and-tumble true "Wild West" heritage, as told by interpreters at the Fort Smith National Historic Site and the Fort Smith Museum of History and as widely known through Fort Smith-centric books and films such as True Grit , Hang 'Em High, and Lonesome Dove. It is Fort Smith’s dedication to preserving our Western Heritage that earned us recognition as the #1 Top True Western Town of 2013 by True West Magazine.
Stay in Fort Smith and you'll be minutes away from the heart of the most beautiful scenery of Western Arkansas' mountain frontier. In Fort Smith and within a 45-minute drive in any direction, you will find Arkansas wineries, ride one of the few still-operating electric trolleys in the nation, visit the only former brothel on the National Register of Historic Places, take an old-time train ride through the Boston Mountains and Ozark foothills, let your dogs run off-leash over 40 scenic acres, perhaps shop and eat in downtown Fort Smith, ride downtown Fort Smith's vintage Ferris wheel and Italian carousel for $1, then enjoy the lively nightlife and live music while walking in the boot steps of infamous western outlaws like Belle Starr (and her Fort Smith brothel-owning daughter Pearl Starr), Ned Christie, Cherokee Bill and even an escaped horse thief named Wyatt Earp.
If there's one thing Fort Smith, Arkansas has in abundance, it's stories. When you leave, we hope you'll have great ones, too.