- Historic Sites
Fort Smith National Historic Site
A visit to the Fort Smith National Historic Site begins at the Visitor Center, located in the former barracks/courthouse/jail buildings. On the grounds of the park visitors can see the site of the first fort, the Trail of Tears Overlook on the Arkansas River, the Commissary building, and reconstructed gallows. Paved, handicap accessible paths makes walking to the sites easy, but visitors should plan on spending up to an hour to tour the grounds of the park.