Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Fort Smith

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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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  • Our grandson loves to visit the Janet Huckabee Nature Center when he is in Fort Smith. There are exhibits of birds, snakes, fish including feeding the animals, climbing, fishing, boating, shooting, et...  more »
  • Love the nature center. It is so peaceful and gorgeous sights in the fall. Very interesting exhibits and critters to see.  more »
  • The Huckabee Nature Center is conveniently located close to Ft. Smith and the surrounding communities. It is close to everything yet it feels like it is out and away from the hustle and bustle of the ...  more »
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  • Clean lots of people. Nice exhibitions , interactive for the kids. Trail have not been maintained well in past month. Maybe all the rain has impacted their efforts.
  • Love taking the kids here. Lots to see and learn. Also a great venue for class field trips.
  • Walking trails and canoe and kayaks to use plus the interactive displays at the center are great for kids. Fishing can be tough at the lake.
  • Well maintained trails, nice lake. The nature center is interesting and fun for kids. Everything is free except the gift shop.
  • Very fun and educational. Nice maintained walking trails. Good fishing spots.

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