Outdoor getaway opportunities
abound in the River Valley region. If chasing the tiny white ball with
a golf club is your hobby, then you’ll be glad to have ten locations
to fulfill your passion.
You can play public courses like
Ben Geren Regional Park, that boasts 27 holes or Fort Chaffee Golf Course
with 9 holes. In the Fort Smith area there are four private country
clubs to perfect your game. Hardscrabble Country Club, one of the stops
on the nationwide PGA tour has 18 holes in the heart of the city. Fianna
Hills Country Club allows you beautiful vistas from the top of Fianna
Hills on their 18 hole course. In the northern part of the city the
Fort Smith Country Club offers 9 holes. Further south of the city in
Greenwood is Vache Grasse Country Club with 18 holes.
What if you’d like to take a
nature walk, fly a kite or picnic with your family and friends?
Fort Smith Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for more
than 23 neighborhood and area parks within the City, plus a 30-acre
cemetery which was opened in 1850.
In the center of Fort Smith is the
27 acre Creekmore Park. Creekmore offers a community center building
with meeting rooms and public restrooms, drinking fountains, flower
gardens, children’s playground, lighted basketball court, lighted
tennis courts, miniature golf, nature area, park benches, picnic area,
charcoal grills, Olympic-size swimming pool, wading pool, miniature
train, volleyball poles, walking/exercise trail, shuffleboard and a
large gazebo. Facilities are handicap accessible.
Located on Garrison Avenue near the
Arkansas River, Pendergraft Park was developed from a gift of the Ross
Pendergraft family. They envisioned a small city park, landscaped and
serene with an old-fashion bandstand. Weddings, family reunions and
special concerts are held in the park.
Carol Ann Cross Park is uniquely
situated on a lake and surrounded by a walking trail. Set on
51 acres near St. Edward Mercy Health Network, the park offers limited
boating, charcoal grills, drinking fountains, fishing piers, nature
area, park benches, picnic pavilion, restrooms, telephone, flower garden
and children’s playground. Facilities are handicap accessible.
Harry E. Kelley Park is located on
5 acres within walking distance of downtown Fort Smith. This riverfront
park contains a covered, lighted stage with power outlets, benches,
picnic area, fishing and a two-mile levee trail along the Arkansas River.
Harry E. Kelley Park is part of the recently completed $5 million riverfront
development that provides a large amphitheater, an events pavilion,
an extension of the levee trail and expanded parking. The park’s
facilities are handicap accessible.
Fort Smith Park, situated on
the bank of the Arkansas River, is a 43 acre park offering
33 picnic sites, a large picnic pavilion, playground, restrooms and
a boat ramp for access to the Arkansas River.
The very large nature park, Lee Creek
Reservoir is located on 1,443 acres. This city park offers boating,
benches, fishing, nature area, restrooms, walking and hiking trails.
Facilities are handicap accessible.
Martin Luther King Park is a
19 acre city park containing concessions, drinking fountains, playgrounds,
benches, parking, restrooms, spray ground pool, telephone, lighted ball
field, lighted basketball courts, soccer field, skate park, picnic area/pavilion
and grills. Facilities are handicap accessible.