Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Fort Smith

#5 of 16 in Things to do in Fort Smith
Outdoor Activity · Hidden Gem
The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee. The building overlooks Wells Lake, a popular local fishing and picnicking destination!

Built in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the center focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home. In addition to resident Canada geese and small mammals and turtles calling the center home, many colorful songbirds stop by on their journeys to and from wintering grounds farther south. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, just as many find the trails, native plants on the grounds and canoeing or fishing in the lake just as enjoyable.
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  • We took our 6 year old granddaughter. She loves that place. All the exhibits and especially the play room!  more »
  • We visited the Nature Center during the blistering heat of August with a small group mixture of teenagers and oldsters. They have a separate room just for children to touch items such as animal fur...  more »

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