Western Arkansas’ Mountain Frontier is home to unique attractions in cities and towns throughout the region. Below are your best bets for family fun. For museums and historical sites, browse the History section. Art galleries and theaters can be found under Arts.
Alma Aquatic Park
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Slides, diving boards, a large swimming area, covered wading pool, water play area and walking trail. Adjacent park has a picnic area and fire truck play station for young children. Also features 18-basket, professionally designed flying disc course.
Located north of Alma Aquatic Park. Floating pier, walking trails and disc golf.
Alma Performing Arts Center
Brings live art to the Alma area by booking top name artists and performances. The center is available to organizations by reservation. (479) 632-2120; www.almapac.org.
Eagle Crest Golf Course
Eagle Crest is an 18-hole, daily fee course with an excellent driving range. It is a member of The Natural State Golf Trail, which highlights the finest 12 courses in Arkansas. 3926 Golf Course Dr.; (479) 632-8857.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade and artisan crafts and more. Located in downtown Alma at 533 Fayetteville Ave. beside the red caboose. Open Sat. from 8 a.m.-noon and Tues. 3-7 p.m. SNAP benefits accepted. AlmaFarmersMarket.com.
Features a new Popeye statue, water display, three gazebos and beautiful walkways among the flowers and shrubs. Located in downtown Alma.
Altus Heritage House Museum
Original German-American Bank from the 1800s, featuring early coal mining, wine industry and local history.
Altus Veterans Memorial
26-footwide, eight-sided memorial of black granite located in Altus City Park includes space for the names of more than 3,000 veterans of U.S. military service from Franklin County and outlying areas.
Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery
World’s largest planter of Cynthiana grapes and largest Zinfandel planter in Arkansas. Wine tastings and tours. Open daily. RV park and campgrounds. 8045 AR 186. 479-468-4400.
City Fitness Center
Downtown Fitness Center offering FREE use for all with exercise equipment and weight sets to give travelers and residents a complete workout even when the weather is less than pleasant. With donated equipment and operated by the city Monday through Saturday, it’s a great place to work out after a day of traveling or sitting and stay in shape.
City Park and Fitness Trail
Downtown offering picnic areas, playground, 1/4 fitness trail and other amenities for travelers/families to enjoy.
Coal Miner's Statue & Memorial
Dedicated in October 1998, this site honors coal miners of District 21 in Franklin, Johnson and Logan Counties.
Dionysus Wine & Brew
A locally owned and operated boutique winery nestled in the breathtaking Ozark Mountains. Gift shop and tasting room on-site with home brewkits, brewing supplies and Dionysus’ own craft brews. Primitive or self-sustained camping and one yurt rental on-site. Hosts parties and special events. DionysusWineBrew@gmail.com. 479-209-1234.
Mount Bethel Winery
Original 1880 homestead includes historic hand-dug wine cellar. Free tasting from a selection of classic dry varietals to sweet muscadines and fruit wines. Tasting room and gift shop open year-round, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m. 5014 Mount Bethel Dr. 479-468-2444.
The largest winery in Arkansas with the first commercial vineyard to produce in the state and the first to bring you Muscadine wine! Offering a large selection of classic and regional wines including dry to sweet, frizzanti-style ports, sherry and our famous Muscadine wines and juices. The Trellis Room at Post Winery provides farm-to-table foods and specialty beverages. Reservations and walk-ins welcome! Serving 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Post’s retail shop is open year-round offering tastings of our many wines and juices, specialty snacks, ready-to-go foods and drinks. Hours Mon.-Sat., 9:30 p.m.-5 p.m., 479-468-6400. 1700 St. Mary’s Mtn. Rd., Altus, AR 72821.
Home of the Franklin County Quilt Trail Committee, Altus is proud to be a part of the Arkansas Quilt Trails program. Volunteers have colorfully painted almost 40 quilt blocks and placed at locations leading to the city and throughout the downtown business district. Quilters especially will enjoy touring the town to see them all. More are being painted- come and find them all and read their unique stories about the quilt blocks!
Scenic Highway 186
Off I-40, this scenic highway travels through Arkansas Wine Country with a gorgeous overlook on St. Mary’s Mountain before connecting with U.S. 64 in Altus.
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Beautiful 1902 Roman Basilica-style church known for its paintings and ornate gold-leaf work. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open daily.
St. Mary's Mountain
Take Altus exit 41 off I-40 to AR 186 for a drive past vineyards, wineries and St. Mary’s historic church. Take in the views of Mount Magazine, the state’s highest point.
Tourist Visitor Center
Provides brochures of local wineries, area attractions, festival information, hiking trails, local and state maps and more. 316 West Park Street
Blue Mountain Lake
A favorite spot for fishing and water sports. Five Corps of Engineers recreation and camping sites around the lake. 17 miles east of Booneville on AR 10.
Blue Mountain Wildlife Management Demonstration Area
Headquarters for Sporting Dog Championship Field Trials held each year March-Dec., including National German Shorthaired Association in early March, Irish Setter Club of America National Field Championship in late Oct., Southland Pointer Field Trial Championship in early Nov. and American Brittany Club National Field Trials in late Nov.
Booneville City Library(General John Paul McConnell Memorabilia Room)
Displays mementos of Booneville native John Paul McConnell, Air Force Chief of Staff from 1965 to 1969. Collection includes medals, photos and other souvenirs.
Knoppers Ford Recreation Area
Beautiful bluffs, picnic and camping sites, and Sugar Creek Equestrian Trail. About 12 miles south of Booneville in the Ouachita National Forest.
Petit Jean River
Located south of Booneville, the beautiful Petit Jean River is home to great fishing and canoeing.
Scenic Byway 10
This stretch begins in Ola, then travels through Magazine and Booneville northwest to Oklahoma. West of Greenwood is known as the Sugar Loaf Mountain Scenic Byway.
Scenic Highway 23
Known as the Pig Trail, this National Scenic Byway connects from Scenic Byway 71 south of Booneville to AR 16 north of Ozark.
Located at the end of South School Street off AR 22, this lake offers fishing by boat or pier, as well as RV camping and a pavilion.
National Commemorative Site
Located in front of Charleston Middle School on Main Street, the site honors the district’s role as the first public school in the South to integrate.
Scenic Highway 22
Passes Subiaco as it travels west from Dardanelle through Paris and Charleston into Fort Smith.
906 Cocktail & Cigar Lounge
An upscale social lounge offering the finest spirits, wine and cigars in Northwest Arkansas. 906 Garrison Ave. 479-434-4343.
ArcBest Performing Arts Center
Since 1981, this gorgeous venue has hosted innumerable local, regional and national speakers, comedians, musicians, and touring stage acts. It is also home of the renowned Fort Smith Symphony.
Belle Grove Historic District
Preserves a 130+ year timeline of more than 20 Victorian-era styles of architecture within its 22 blocks bound by N. 5th to H and N. 8th to C Streets. Inquire about guided tours at 479-783-3000. Prominent landmarks include:
The Clayton House (1852)
Remodeled in 1882 by William Clayton, prosecuting attorney for Judge Isaac C. Parker. Queen Anne/Italianate-style home with original black walnut staircase, furniture and more. Open for tours Tues.- Sun. $6 (adults), $3 (age 6-17), FREE (age 0-5). 514 N. 6th St. 479-783-3000.
Bonneville House (1868)
Italianate-style home owned by Susan Bonneville, widow of famous American West explorer Benjamin Bonneville. Tours by appointment. 318 N. 7th St. 479-782-7854.
Belle Grove School (1886)
Italianate-1898; up to grade 6 until 1975. 600 N. 6th St.
James K. Barnes Home (1893)
Richardsonian-style home with curved brick, butterfin mortar and stained glass. 515 N. 6th St.
Darby House (1895)
Boyhood home of local WWII hero and founder of the modern-day Army Rangers, General William O. Darby. Tours by appointment. 311 N. 8th St. 479-782-3388.
The Bakery District
Former 1920s baking facility that has been retrofitted and updated to house a coffee lounge/roaster, catering kitchen, local merchants, a beer garden with bocce-ball court, an art gallery, event facilities and more. 70 S. 7th St. BakeryFS.com.
Ben Geren Regional Park
This county park has 1,300 acres with the largest disc golf course in the region and more than 21 miles of cycling and mountain biking trails. The park also offers sports facilities, a public golf course, picnic areas, a playground and Parrot Island Water Park. 7200 Zero St. 479-646-2444.
Fort Smith is located on the border of Oklahoma and within a 5-10-minute drive of Cherokee Casino in Roland and Choctaw Casino in Pocola.
Central Mall Fort Smith
The region’s largest shopping center with department stores, jewelry and unique gifts. 5111 Rogers Ave. 479-452-4706. CentralMallFortSmith.com
Chaffee Crossing Historic District
A walkable showcase of history echoes the vital role that Fort Chaffee played in American military history beginning in WWII. Visitors tour original buildings where thousands of soldiers have lived and trained for wars including WWII and Vietnam. The largest Veteran’s Day Parade in the region takes place here. 7313 Terry St. 479-452-4554.
Chaffee Barbershop Museum
Here, Elvis received the haircut heard around the world after being drafted into the Army and sent to Fort Chaffee Army Base in 1958.
Hardwood Tree Museum
Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the role of the hardwood tree in the development of Fort Smith, the region and the nation.
Outdoor amphitheater at Chaffee Crossing with stunning views of the city of Fort Smith. 479-784-2368.
Museum of Chaffee History
Houses the largest collection of Fort Chaffee artifacts in the United States. The museum contains extensive photographs, documents and displays that chronicle Fort Chaffee’s role in five wars, multiple resettlement operations, major motion pictures and other aspects of U.S. Army history. Camp Chaffee Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vietnam Veterans MuseumLocal Vietnam Veterans have helped create this tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. An Army personnel carrier and helicopter sit just outside the museum for the public to view up close.
Civil Axe Throwing
1121 Garrison Ave. 479-208-6208. CivilAxeThrowing.com/Fort-Smith.
Ride the mini-train at the expansive Creekmore Park for 25 cents. Park includes playgrounds, a train, minigolf, swimming, tennis, pavilions, exercise trail and community center. 479-784-2368. FortSmithParks.com.
Downtown Historic Plaques
Twelve plaques are located along historic Garrison Avenue to tell parts of the city’s colorful history. Scan QR codes located on each plaque to activate videos.
Elevate Adventure Park
Indoor adventure park with trampolines, a game room, high speed zip rail, climbing pillars, rock climbing walls, dodgeball, tube cages and a ninja course! 2920 S. Zero St. 479-242-2121. fortsmithadventurepark.com.
Fort Smith Convention Center
State-of-the-art facility offers 116,800 square feet of usable event space, including a 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall (can be divided into five sections), eight standard meeting rooms, 23,000 square feet of support areas and a 1,331-seat performing arts center. 479-788-8932. FortSmithConventionCenter.org.
Deer Trails Country Club
9-hole course in the natural, park-like setting of Chaffee. 11707 Custer Blvd. 479-478-6971.
Fort Smith Escape Room
An immersive, interactive puzzle game in which teams of four people or more have 60 minutes to use their creative problem-solving skills to solve riddles, unlock mysteries and use gadgets to be set free. 4301 Regions Park Dr. 479-259-2300. FSEscapeRoom.com.
Fort Smith Farmers Market
Each market day is a feast for the senses. The Saturday market is alive with street performers, local musicians and a variety of locally grown produce/flowers and handmade goods. 7 a.m.-noon on Saturdays (all year) and Tuesdays (April-Nov.). N. Second St. and Garrison Ave.
Fort Smith Little Theatre
Each season consists of six, full-run productions. In addition, several short-run, off-season shows are offered each year. 401 N. 6th St. Box Office: 479-783-2966. FSLT.com.
Fort Smith Museum of History
Explore permanent and rotating exhibits preserving nearly 40,000 artifacts inside of the historic 1907 Atkinson-Williams Warehouse. Closed on Mondays. $7 (adults), $5 (military/vet), $2 (age 6-15), free (age 0-5). 320 Rogers Ave. 479-783-7841. Fortsmithmuseum.org
Fort Smith Historic Sites:
200-year-old National Historic Site includes remains of two frontier forts and the 19th-century Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). 301 Parker Ave. 479-783-3961. NPS.gov/fosm. Sites include:
Belle Point (Site of First Fort Smith)Visitors are able to walk the remains of the first Fort Smith (1817-1824).
Commissary, Fort Smith Gallows and Second Fort Smith Grounds
The oldest building still standing in Fort Smith is the Commissary. During the federal court period, Judge Parker’s chambers were located upstairs. On the grounds of the park, you can also see a replica of the Fort Smith Gallows.
Trail of Tears OverlookPanels line a paved path telling the story of the Five Civilized Tribes forcibly removed to Indian Territory. Visitors can then enjoy a scenic view of the converging Arkansas and Poteau Rivers and water route of the Trail of Tears
Visitor Center - Hisotric Barracks/Courthouse/Jail BuildingsVisitors touring these buildings can see Judge Parker’s restored courtroom, the “Hell on the Border” jail, a partial reconstruction of the jail cells and exhibits and videos covering the site’s history.
Fort Smith National Cemetery
Interments date from the War of 1812 and include Judge Parker, many of his deputy marshals and General William O. Darby. 522 Garland & S. 6th Sts. 479-783-5345. CemVAGov/cems/nchp/ftsmith.asp.
Fort Smith Park
Features a large boat launch and trailer access to the Arkansas River, brand new fishing pavilion, public restrooms, basketball courts, soccer fields, playground equipment and more. 5301 Riverfront Drive. 479-784-2368.
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
16,000-square-foot facility features traveling exhibits, a permanent collection, artist-led workshops and classes and a gift shop. Hosts receptions, galas, films, concerts, lectures, family days and other events. 1601 Rogers Ave. 479-784-2787. FSRAM.org.
Fort Smith Symphony
Internationally renowned orchestra with more than 100 professional musicians. Performances take place at ArcBest Performing Arts Center at 55 S. 7th St. 479-452-7575. Fortsmithsymphony.com
Fort Smith Trolley Museum
Collection of railcars, including a working 1926 Electric Birney Streetcar that takes passengers down a 3/4-mile stretch for $2 (kids) or $4 (adults). Hours vary by season. 100 S. Fourth St. 479-783-0205. FSTM.org.
Serves as the eastern gateway into downtown Fort Smith and a gathering place where residents and visitors can learn about the contributions of Judge Isaac C. Parker, John Carnall and Mother Superior Mary Teresa Farrell.
Greg Smith River Trail
A 7-mile paved walking/cycling trail along the Arkansas River.
A live entertainment venue and sports bar in the heart of downtown Fort Smith that features local, regional and touring talent. 509 Garrison Ave. 479-308-3662
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
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. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, many others find the trails, native plants on the grounds and canoeing or fishing in the lake just as enjoyable. 8300 Wells Lake Rd. 479-452-3993
Gathering place for live music and entertainment in downtown Fort Smith. You will find concerts and a unique event space for private, corporate and charity events. 817 Garrison Ave. 479-551-2424. MajesticFortSmith.com
Massard Prairie Battlefield Park
On July 27, 1864, this popular local grazing grassland became a Civil War battlefield. U.S. MARSHALS MUSEUM Fort Smith VISITWESTARKANSAS.COM | 33 The site immortalizes this piece of history by preserving the four major areas of the Union encampment that was located here. 479-784-2368.
Miss Laura's Visitor Center
Miss Laura’s, the first former bordello listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now the unique setting for the Fort Smith Visitor Center. Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4:30 p.m. 2 N. “B” St. 1-800-637-1477. 479-783-8888. FortSmith.org.
Olen & Co. Market
Offers small businesses just starting out space to sell goods. Everything from boutiques, gifts, handmade items, re-purposed items, jewelry, vintage items, and more can be found inside. 11 North 3rd. 479-736-1198. OlenandCo.com.
The Park at West End
Ride a 1935 World’s Fair Ferris wheel or a vintage carousel hand-painted in Italy. Grab a bite in a historic Pullman Railcar diner or enjoy concessions served from a double-decker bus. And stay cool at the large splash pad just outside the western gate. Hours vary according to season. 15 N. Second St. 479-784-2368. FortSmithParks.com.
Parrot Island Waterpark
Come enjoy a fun-filled summer lounging in the 500-foot-long lazy river “Crocodile Creek” or have fun on one of the four fast and wild water slides. Park also includes a huge wave pool, children’s play area, activity pool and more. 7300 Zero St. 479-788-6550. ParrotIslandWaterpark.com.
Riverfront Park & Amphitheater
Situated along the banks of the mighty Arkansas River in downtown Fort Smith, facilities include a large amphitheater, events building, public bathrooms and a glass pavilion. Located next to Miss Laura’s Visitor Center and Riverfront Skate & Bike Park. 121 Riverfront Dr. 479-784-2368.
Riverfront Skate & Bike Park
Bike playground with slalom, tunnels and rings; Bike Skills area with pum tracks, ladder bridges and other obstacles; Skate Park area with street and transitional shotcrete terrains featuring ledges, stairs, ramps, snake run and bowl section.
Affordable, short-term mountain bike rentals next to Riverfront Skate & Bike Park.
Spartan Adventure Park
Indoor trampoline and adventure park offering attractions such as a Dodge Ball Arena, Basketball Zone, ZipLine, Jousting, Climbing Walls, Small Kids Zone and a Ninja Course. 7601 Rogers Ave. 479-769-2828.
The Shops at BrickCity
One of the most unique shopping experiences in the region. “A Brick & Mortar Pinterest & Etsy” boasting more than 160 unique shops ranging from handmade and repurposed items to vintage treasures, home decor, gifts and many women’s and children’s boutiques. 3215 S. 74th St. 479-434-5858. TheShopsatBrickCity.com
Fort Smith’s most unique performing arts venue hosts big name musicians, comedians and other touring acts inside of an immaculately restored 1928 Masonic Temple located in downtown Fort Smith. 200 N. 11 St. 479-222-6186. TempleLive.com.
United States Marshalls Museum
Construction on the 53,000-square-foot Mary Carleton & Robert A. Young III Building and Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor has been completed along the riverfront in downtown Fort Smith. The museum’s exterior features an iconic star-shaped design symbolic of the badge worn by U.S. Marshals. Five immersive galleries will educate guests on the critical, ever-evolving role of the U.S. Marshals service. While completion of the interior galleries/ exhibits is still in the works, the museum is officially OPEN for business as an event venue with roughly 14,000 square feet of usable indoor space. 789 Riverfront Dr. 479-242-1789. USMMuseum.org.
Urban and Contemporary Art
Explore a growing collection of more than two dozen works of art, with new works created by renowned international artists each year. The artworks began breathing new life into the historic walls of downtown Fort Smith in 2015.
Indoor rockclimbing gym featuring bouldering, top rope and lead wall, campus board, training wall and kids’ top rope area. 3625 S. 91 St. 479-242-2789.
Zachary Taylor's Chimney
Visit the site where future U.S. President Zachary Taylor – then an Army general – lived for three years while supervising the construction of Fort Smith before a fire consumed the home. Artifacts found near the current St. Anne’s building at Immaculate Conception Church revealed remnants of the Zachary Taylor House, including the chimney. 13th St. and Garrison Ave.
Zagster Bike Docks
Presently located at Riverfront Park and the Fort Smith Convention Center, bikes can be rented using the Zagster mobile app.
Famous for its natural beauty, this large park offers a bird’s-eye view of the town and valley surrounding the city. Walking trails, a new rock promenade, disc golf, picnic facilities, a hammock park, basketball court, horseshoe pits and playgrounds make this a true family park. Amphitheater and events building designed for open-air or closed seating for 300. North of downtown on Main St. 479-996-4119.
Coal Miners Memorial
Memorial recognizes those who worked in area coal mines. Mining was the lifeblood of the South Sebastian County economy.
Greenwood Lake Trails and Recreation
Located on Mt. Harmony Road. Offers fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Also includes 3 miles of multipurpose trails around the lake. This is the city’s water supply source, so no motors are allowed on the lake.
Lake Jack Nolen
East of Greenwood off Hwy. 10 and Chisomville Road. Arkansas Game & Fish Commission lake with two paved parking areas and concrete boat ramp. No skiing or swimming allowed.
Old Jail Museum
Open May-Sept., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. Special tours may be arranged through the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. Southside of the Square. 479-996-6357.
Veterans Memorial Park
Greenwood Square. Open year-round. 479-996-2742.
Dedicated to the city's coal miners.
Several stone monuments honor the memory of those that have served.
Circa 1825, restored by the city. Site of 1819 trading post established by French traders and Choctaws and 1852 post office. AR 96, 1.5 miles west of Mansfield.
Picnic and play area, pavilion, tennis court and street hockey court. Behind city hall.
Coop Prairie Cemetery
Only cemetery in the United States with a federal highway running through it.
Home to bluegrass festivities and wholesome family entertainment. Through renovations, the theater is a community and entertainment venue for Mansfield and Scott County. 100 W. Howard St.
Mansfield City Lake Park
9-acre park with a 40-acre fishing lake. The park is home to the Annual Mansfield Bluegrass Festival each September. 1311 Broadway St.
Poteau Mountain Hiking
Miles of trails on Poteau Mountain (USFS) just south of Mansfield. Hiking, ATV and equestrian trails.
Poteau Mountain Scenic Byway 96
From Mansfield, the byway heads west across the rolling hills of the northern Ouachita Mountains to Oklahoma and stretches south from Hartford to Square Rock Lake and Scenic Byway 71.
Albert Pike Recreation Area
The Little Missouri River offers canoeing, tubing and swimming and is stocked annually with rainbow trout. Near Mena.
Aubrey Tapley Park
Sports complex with facilities for soccer, baseball and softball. Amenities include two playgrounds, bathrooms and food concessions with pavilion. The complex is a popular site for tournaments and events. 151 Recreation Lane. 479-216-8171
The Blue Zip Line & Farm
Five zip line canopy tours on historic farm. Workshops throughout the year. Fresh produce, flowers and gift shop. Available for team building, corporate events and parties. Autism friendly. 479-216-8639.
Board Camp Crystal Mine
Day-use camp with native, untapped crystal mine and public dig site. Home to UnExplained Tours. 110 Polk Rd. 62. 479-243-0771.
Beginning southeast of Mena, the Cossatot flows south for about 26 miles to Gillham Lake. The river features Class III, IV and V rapids. This river is not for beginners! River level information, 479-387-3141. Park information, 870-385-2201.
Downtown Historic & Arts District
Stroll around a quaint historic downtown full of unique shops and boutiques, cafes, galleries and more. You’ll find a piece of history as well as a few pieces of art to take home. 479-394-8355
Esso Gas Station
Restored 1928 Esso gas station with rare muscle cars, classic cars, antique autos, street rods and motorcycles. Esso later became Exxon. 423 Mena St.
Beautifully landscaped 10-acre park in the heart of downtown Mena with historic 1851 log cabin, two howitzer cannons, playground, basketball court, gazebo and pavilion. Ideal place for a family picnic, strolling or relaxing beside two spring-fed ponds and fountains. 479-394-8355.
Jot Em Down Store
Museum, gift shop and working post office in Pine Ridge. Large parking lot and handicap accessible. For tours, call 870-326-4442.
This 200-acre lake in Polk County maintained by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has a reputation for excellent bluegill and redear fishing. Concrete boat ramp, accessible wooden fishing pier as well as primitive camping areas available. Polk County Road 125. 501-223-6300. AGFC.com/fishing
Lions Club Disc Golf Course
18-hole disc golf course opened in 2016. Two course layouts include a variety of open and wooded shots. 500 Lions Club Rd.
Mena Art Gallery
Features local and well-known artisans and offers classes for all ages. 607 Mena St. 479-394-3880.
Olympic-size pool, baseball fields, covered picnic pavilion and playground. 479-394-8355.
Mountain Fork River
Begins just southwest of Mena, near the Oklahoma border, and ends at Beavers Bend Lake. Suitable for beginner-to-intermediate paddlers, this classic pool-and-drop river is a Class I to II+ run with Class III drops in high-water conditions through the lower section just above the lake called “The Narrows.”
Mountain Glory Station and the Glory Train
Ride a miniature train atop beautiful Rich Mountain on 2 miles of track around Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge. Scenic views and wildlife sightings. The station has sweet treats and mini-golf. 479-394-3000.
Ouachita Country Club
Public golf course with a slope of 111. Club house and cart rentals available. 479-394-5382.
Ouachita Little Theatre
Enjoy the talents of local actors and directors in productions throughout the year in the restored Lyric Theater at 610 Mena St.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Crowns rugged Rich Mountain nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. Experience royal hospitality at the $9.7 million restored and renovated lodge and restaurant. The park offers camping, a miniature railroad, miniature golf and hiking trails. 3877 Hwy. 88 West. 1-800-264-2477. QueenWilhelmina.com.
Scenic Byway 71
Travel north from Mena across the Boston Mountains (the highest peaks in the Ozark Mountains) and through Fort Smith.
Shady Lake Recreation Area
A 25-acre lake is the centerpiece of this playground in the Ouachita Mountains. Hiking trails, beach, fishing, swimming, picnic/ camping, boat/fishing dock and amphitheater. Near Mena.
Built in 1948, it served as a car dealership until 1962 and has been carefully restored to its 1948 appearance. 519 Port Arthur Ave.
Talimena Scenic Drive
This National Forest Scenic Byway winds 54 miles from Mena to Talihina, Oklahoma, and offers breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding countryside from peaks of nearly 3,000 feet.
Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails
This 50-mile system is one of the most popular ATV destinations in the country and the first formal system built specifically for four wheelers and dirt bikes in the Ouachita National Forest. Unique features include a two-footed tree, several abandoned mines and water crossings. 479-394-2382.
On Scenic Byway 71, 8 miles north of Mountainburg. Voted one of the most photographic spots in America. Gift shop has neat souvenirs and big windows with hummingbirds galore.
Begins in Mountainburg at its junction with Scenic Byway 71 and continues 8 miles to rejoin 71.
Lake Fort Smith and Shores Lake
Both feature good fishing for bass and panfish. Mountainburg area, near White Rock Mountain.
Mountainburg Area/Scenic Byway 71
Shopping, antiques, crafts, lodging, restaurants and outdoor activities from Rudy to Winslow. Former Butterfield Stagecoach Route. Great opportunities for scenic drives and sightseeing.
White Rock Mountain
This Franklin County peak near Scenic Highway 23 is one of the tallest in the area. North of Mulberry and east of Mountainburg.
Bluff Hole Park
Located on the Mulberry River. Swimming, picnic tables and group pavilion. Small day use fee. 479-997-1321.
Designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1992 and approximately 55 miles long. Delivers whitewater canoeing and rafting during early spring with Class I-III rapids. An excellent choice when angling for bass or sunfish in late spring and early summer and also great for swimming. 479-667-2949.
TJ House Reservoir
Mulberry’s water supply and the site of the Mulberry Water Treatment Facility.
Vine Prairie Boat Launch and Park
Provides access to the Arkansas River at the place where the Little Mulberry River and Vine Prairie Creek meet. Pavilion and campsites. 479-997-8122.
Aux Arc Park
One of the most beautiful Corps of Engineers public parks in the state with more than 80 RV hook-ups plus primitive campsites along the tree-lined banks of the Arkansas River at Ozark Lake. 479-667-2949.
City of Ozark
Visit the many antique stores and shops within downtown’s “Historic Courthouse District,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with six individual buildings. 800-951-2525. 479-667-2949.
Civil War Memorial
Recognizes the battles fought in the Ozark area. Located next to Ozark Museum.
A historic sand-carved mural depicting the history of Ozark is located at the Bank of the Ozarks at 6th and Commercial Streets. 479-667-2949.
The Ozark area is fast becoming the music festival capital of Arkansas, hosting Backwoods Music Festival, Music on the Mulberry, Byrdfest and many other musical events throughout the year. 479-667-2949.
The lighted Ozark Bridge spanning the Arkansas River on Scenic Highway 23 is one of the 16 most beautiful long-span bridges in the country. 479-667-2949.
Ozark Community Center
A pool facility for the entire community! Features a state-of-the-art aquatic center that allows for folks of any age and all abilities to access the pool, including a therapy pool, “zero entrance” pool for racing, diving board and 25-meter pool. 479-922-5286.
Ozark Depot Museum
Built in 1911, the Iron Mountain Railroad passenger train used this station. The first train reached Ozark in 1876, and by 1888, there were four passenger trains daily. Today, the museum houses hundreds of artifacts and unique exhibits. 479-667-2949.
Ozark Heritage Trail
Guided by an area map with QR codes which takes visitors on a narrated video tour of Ozark’s historic buildings and landmarks.
Ozark Highlands Trail
One of the longest hiking trails in the country, the section from Lake Fort Smith State Park to Buffalo National River is 207 miles, passing through eight public campgrounds. Local access is 17 miles north of Ozark on AR 23. 479-667-2949.
Reed Mountain Park, Overlook and Nature Trail
A 7/8-mile trail with magnificent views of the city, Ozark Lake and the Arkansas River. 479-667-2949.
One of the treasures in the Historic Courthouse District, Rivertowne is ranked one of the top 10 BBQ restaurants in the state and is worth the trip to Ozark! 205 S. 3rd St. 479-667-1808.
Scenic Highway 23
Known as the Pig Trail, this National Scenic Byway connects from Scenic Byway 71 south of Booneville to AR 16 north of Ozark.
Trail of Tears Memorial
Created to honor those who were forced to leave their homes on a journey that took many lives before reaching the Indian Territory. The memorial is located next to Ozark’s Historic Depot Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River.
U.S. Scenic Highway 64
Runs parallel to I-40 from near Johnson County east of Clarksville to Ozark in Franklin County
Cove Lake Recreation Area
Located on 160-acre lake near Mount Magazine. Bathhouse, swimming, canoeing, picnic areas, campsites, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, horseshoes, mini-golf and volleyball. 479-963-6421.
A few miles west of Paris is Cowie Winery and the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum, which houses the largest bell collection and the largest bell in Arkansas. 101 N. Carbon City Rd. 479-963-3990.
Eiffel Tower Park Square
A gift to the city in 2014, Eiffel Tower Park holds a 25-foot statue and water feature painted with the same paint as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Great photo opp located on the west side of town square.
Logan County “Old Jail” Museum
The site of the last legal hanging in Arkansas. Schedule in advance to arrange a reenactment hanging at the gallows complete with a prisoner, sheriff and many more dressed in period costume. 202 N. Vine St. 479-963-3936.
Love Lock Fence
Located in Eiffel Tower Park. Purchase a lock in Paris or bring one with you to add to the fence to seal your love in Paris, Arkansas, forever. 479-963-2244.
Mount Magazine Scenic Byway AR 309
This National Scenic Byway winds to the top of Mount Magazine and overlooks the valleys and lakes of Logan and Yell Counties.
Mount Magazine State Park
Located atop Mount Magazine, 2,753 feet above sea level, the park offers breathtaking views of the valley and Blue Mountain Lake. Campsites, 13 cabins and 60-room lodge with restaurant and conference center. 16878 AR 309. 479-963-8502. 1-877-MMLODGE. MountMagazineStatePark.com.
Paris City Lake
Located on AR 309 on the way to Mount Magazine. Covers 175 acres and has hosted generations of local fishermen.
Paris-Logan County Coal Miners Memorial Museum
In the 1800s, coal was discovered in Logan County, and the rest is history. Photos and artifacts pay tribute to local coal miners. Stop by the functioning blacksmith shop for a fun history lesson on how it all worked. 804 S. Elm St. For tours, call 479-963-6463.
Prestonrose Farm And Brewing Company
Small, certified organic farm with an on-farm pico brewery. Beer-to-go sales and tasting flights as well as farm market. Open Thur./Fri./Sat. 4-8 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. 201 St. Louis Valley Rd. 479-938-0199.
Scenic Highway 22
Passes Subiaco as it travels west from Dardanelle through Paris and Charleston into Fort Smith.
Tours are welcome all year. A self-guided walking tour is available at the front desk of Coury House. 479-938-0199.
Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company
The famous “A and Eagle” trademark still caps the facade of this circa-1892 building. 600 Main St.
Arkansas & Missouri Excursion Train
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren to Winslow throughout the year, bringing back memories of a bygone era. Depart from the Old Frisco Depot for a scenic tour through the Ozark Boston Mountains. For reservations or to check for specials, call 479-725-4017 or visit our website at amrailroad.com.
Center for Art and Education
Housed in the old St. Michael’s Catholic Church adorned with beautiful Emil Frei stained glass windows, the center offers summer art camps, homeschool and after-school programs, adult workshops and children’s theatre. Two galleries highlight original works of art from local and regional artists. Visitors are encouraged to drop by and enjoy the peaceful setting and purchase art from one of the many exhibitions. 104 N. 13th St. 479-474-7767.
Crawford County Bank Building
Marble mantles, lavatories, waterworks and electric lights were the marvel of Van Buren’s first bank, circa 1889. 633 Main St.
Crawford County Courthouse
The oldest working courthouse west of the Mississippi. In 1877, arsonists destroyed this 1842 building. Later, it was rebuilt with the addition of a front porch, side and rear wings, and a clock tower with grand Seth Thomas Clock. Main St.
Dr. Louis Peer Memorial Park
Home to Cedars Golf Course and Country Club, Boys & Girls Club of Van Buren, Lake Cap Bedell, Eagle’s Nest 18-hole disc golf course and playground. A wooded area north of the lake offers hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. 479-471-5006.
Features two covered pavilions, picnic tables for other activities, amphitheater for events and performances, interactive water feature for children to play and cool down during the hot summer days and beautiful green space. 833 Main St.
Historic Main Street Trolley
Free tours of the historic district, UAFS Drennen-Scott Site and Fairview Cemetery
King Opera House
Productions are still staged in this opulent structure built in the 1880s. It was remodeled into a theater at the turn of the century. 427 Main St. 479-474-2426.
Lake Lou Emma
Fishing, pavilion and picnic tables. AR 59N in Van Buren. 479-474-2731.
Lee Creek Reservoir Recreation Area
Boating ramps, fishing pier, hiking trails, wildlife areas and public restrooms. 479-784-2248.
Main Street Van Buren
Art galleries, boutiques, home décor and furnishings, handmade soaps, new park, two covered pavilions, picnic tables, interactive water feature and amphitheater. All within the eightblock historic district.
Located 15 miles north of Van Buren in the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks. All-natural rock wall spanning 200 feet wide. Excellent place for a picnic with beautiful mountain views.
The Old Frisco Depot
Built in 1901, depot has been restored and serves today as the Van Buren Visitors Center and departure point for the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. 813 Main St.
River Valley Museum Of Van Buren
Provides a glimpse of Van Buren’s past through exhibits of photos and artifacts. 813 Main St.
UAFS Drennen-Scott Historical Site
Home of Revolutionary War descendant John Drennen and his family. Built in 1836 and linked to the Trail of Tears, the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. The singlestory house and its contents are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open April-Nov., Wed. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 221 N. Third St. 479-262-2750.
Van Buren Self-Guided Walking Tour
Pick up a brochure at the Van Buren Visitors Center in the Old Frisco Depot for this self-guided tour featuring 53 interesting stops.
Veterans Memorial Plaza
Honors the sacrifices made by veterans from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces with geysers that stream down toward a star-shaped fountain in the Plaza’s center and a battle cross representing fallen soldiers. Across Main Street from Freedom Park.
Blythe’s Scott County Museum
Displays a large collection of Native American artifacts found around Waldron, as well as early pioneer artifacts and Scott County pictures. 1205 N. Main St.
Dry Creek Wilderness Area
6,300 acres featuring secluded forest, flowing streams, sandstone bluffs and a variety of scenic resources. ATV trails at Sugar Creek Multi-Use Trail. Near Waldron.
Forrester-Davis Memorial Park
Recently developed park nestled in the heart of Waldron. The park boasts pavilions, basketball courts, walking venues and a wide variety of playground equipment.
Fourche La Fave River
Great for canoeing and smallmouth bass fishing. Near Y City, south of Waldron.
Features restaurants, shops and the Scott Theater, the oldest theater in Arkansas still in operation. Many downtown buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places
Historical Forrester Park
“The Town That Moved Away” The Annual Forester Reunion is held at the park on the first Sunday in October beginning at 10 a.m.
Jack Creek Recreation Area
Offers beautiful hiking trails, bluffs and picnic and swimming areas. About 10 miles south of Booneville, 20 miles east of Waldron.
Lakes Hinkle, Waldron and Square Rock
All three lakes are great for bass and panfish. Near Waldron.
Sodie Davidson Park
Includes a swimming pool, ball fields, soccer fields, a tennis court and a pond for fishing.
Truman Baker Lake and Park
Four-acre lake with pavilions. Great for picnics and fishing. On Haw Creek, near Waldron.
Turkey Track Bluegrass Park
One of the largest bluegrass festivals west of the Mississippi. The festival occurs during the first week in June and the second week in October.
Waldron Country Club Golf Course
Lovely nine-hole open course with paved cart trails. Visitors can play Tues.-Sun. for a nominal fee. There are tournaments April-Oct. City Lake Rd.
Wiederkehr Village Wines and Spirits
A gateway into Arkansas Wine Country. Follow the Arkansas Wine Trail signs off I-40. Enjoy the Tasting Room where you can experience and purchase many Arkansas wines, as well as wines from all over the world. Information and brochures available from Arkansas wineries and other area attractions. The only liquor store open on Sunday on I-40 in Arkansas.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars
One of the oldest wineries in mid-America offers free tours and tastings of its award-winning vintages. Wiederkehr Weinkeller Restaurant, located in the original 1880 underground wine cellars dug by Johann Andreas Wiederkehr, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Gift shop. All facilities open seven days a week, year-round. 3324 Swiss Family Dr. 479-GOT-WINE. 479-468-9463.