Category - West Arkansas

Posts in West Arkansas including including the White Rock Mountain (Ozark National Forest) and Mount Magazine, Mount Nebo, and Lake Fort Smith state parks. Also see West Arkansas Trails Page.

Fort Smith National Historic Site: River Walk – 1 mi

Fort Smith National Historic Site: River Walk - 1 mi photo
Fort Smith National Historic Site Visitor Center (Barracks – Courthouse – Jail)

I think the prettiest walk in Fort Smith is the River Walk at the Fort Smith National Historic Site.

The Historic Site park, operated by the National Park Service, is on the site of the original military Fort Smith (1817-1824) and the second Fort Smith (1838-1871). The military barracks building of the second Fort was turned into a federal court building used by Judge Isaac C. Parker, sometimes referred to today as the “Hanging Judge,” from 1875 to 1889.

Fort Smith National Historic Site: River Walk - 1 mi photo
Historic Site River Walk along the Arkansas River

The River Walk, a paved walkway, starts at the park’s main (south) entrance. It heads west, first crossing some railroad tracks, then making a left turn near Belle Point, the location of the first Fort Smith. A spur leads to the Belle Point where there is informational signage. Continue reading Fort Smith National Historic Site: River Walk – 1 mi

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail – 4 mi (O&B)

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail - 4 mi (O&B) photo
Ben Geren Bike Path (Fort Smith, Ark.)

The Ben Geren Bike Trail is a nice walking path. This paved path in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is 1.9 miles long (each way) and connects Ben Geren Park to the nearby Chaffee Crossing area.

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail - 4 mi (O&B) photo
Ben Geren Bike Trail

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Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop – 1 mi

Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop - 1 mi photo
View of pond from Benefield West Loop (Mt. Magazine)

The Benefield West Loop trail at Mount Magazine State Park is an easy .9-mile loop. It is almost completely flat and about half of it is on old forest roads.

This is not a scenic-view trail, at least during leaf-on (summer, early fall, late spring). But you should take a minute to look at the pond.

Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop - 1 mi photo
Benefield West Loop (Mt. Magazine)
Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop - 1 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

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Mount Magazine: Will Apple’s Road Trail – 3 mi (O&B)

Mount Magazine: Will Apple's Road Trail - 3 mi (O&B) photo
Will Apple’s Road Trail – Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Magazine: Will Apple's Road Trail - 3 mi (O&B) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Will Apple’s Road Trail at Mount Magazine State Park is a pretty simple trail. It is a former road that makes a nearly straight line downhill from the Visitor Center to the horse camp. It runs parallel to the highway.

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