Fort Smith Arkansas – National Park Getaway

Fort Smith Arkansas
Living History at Fort Smith Arkansas

If you loved True Grit, you’ll love visiting Fort Smith, Arkansas, this week’s National Park Getaway.

Fort Smith National Historic Site tells the stories of pioneering soldiers who carved out a fort on the bank of the Arkansas River, the hardship and sorrow faced by tribes along the Trail of Tears, the infamous exploits of outlaws, the legends of lawmen, and the famous federal courthouse of Judge Isaac C. Parker — known as the “Hanging Judge.”

Judge Parker Recommended Reading


Fort Smith National Historic Site is open year-round. You can get there by car:  Interstate 40 Eastbound: Exit at Roland, and drive six miles on highway 64 to downtown Fort Smith. OR From Interstate 40 Westbound & from North I 540 & Fayetteville, take Interstate 40 westbound to I 540 south. Exit west on Rogers Ave. and continue to downtown.

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