Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Fort Smith

(4.9/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 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!

Built in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the center focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home. In addition to resident Canada geese and small mammals and turtles calling the center home, many colorful songbirds stop by on their journeys to and from wintering grounds farther south. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, just as many find the trails, native plants on the grounds and canoeing or fishing in the lake just as enjoyable.
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  • Me & wife was headed devil's den but didn't want drive so we stopped off here. Really great nature center big deck off the back over looking the lake. You can canoe or fish I think they have paddle bo...  more »
  • Great place for children and adults to learn about nature. A lake for fishing and boating and a walking trail. Inside learning center and classes on nature.  more »
  • Thought about a picnic or learn about Arkansas nature? Located near historic Fort Chaffer this nature center offers a full afternoon. The beautiful grounds surrounding the nature center are enough to ...  more »
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  • Love taking the kids here. Lots to see and learn. Also a great venue for class field trips.
  • Well maintained trails, nice lake. The nature center is interesting and fun for kids. Everything is free except the gift shop.
  • Fantastic place to take the family!
  • Very fun and educational. Nice maintained walking trails. Good fishing spots.
  • Awsome love the place great for family's