Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

#29 of 85 in Nature in Arkansas
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Lake Fort Smith State Park is a 260-acre (110 ha) Arkansas state park in Crawford County, Arkansas in the United States. Originally a Fort Smith city park in the 1930s and later the Works Progress Administration–built Mountainburg Recreational Facility, the lake nestled in the Boston Mountains was adopted into the state park system by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism in 1967. Lake Fort Smith State Park was closed in 2002 to make way for a larger dam and spillway. The addition flooded the site of the old park, and the new 260 acre Lake Fort Smith State Park reopened May 21, 2008 four miles north of its original location with 30 camp sites, 10 cabins, a group lodging facility, picnic sites, a pavilion, marina with rental boats, a double lane boat ramp, a swimming pool, playground, and an 8,000 square foot visitor center with exhibit gallery, gift shop, a meeting/class room, a patio with an outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and an expansive view of the lake and mountains.
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  • We visited Arkansas for 3 days never having been there. It was July so I would not suggest going that time of year -- way more humid and hot than Florida! The state park campground was very nice...  more »
  • Before we first visited Lake Fort Smith State Park in 2013--I was a skeptic, having suffered through woeful accomodations at state parks elsewhere. But this isn't your grandad's state park! Cabins...  more »
  • We have visited several times. Nice park with great camp sites and day use area. There is a marina where you can rent kayaks and cabin and event Hall rentals as well.The fishing is decent with several places to fish from shore. There is a nice hiking trail with connection to more advanced trails. It seems to be fairly popular as a site for outdoor weddings, we have seen several while visiting.
  • Gorgeous place! Great camp sites. Friendly folks. Beautiful lake and surroundings. We will be back for another camping trip for sure. Come prepared!!! They have chiggers here :(

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