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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  • October 2, 2017
    This is a favorite place for us to take our grandchildren when they visit. It doesn’t matter what time of year, there are indoor and outdoor activities, lots of fun climbing the ropes, walking around ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    It is a great place to walk with several trails. It is also a good place to bring your kids, has many great nature exhibits.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is such a beautiful place to run, walk out just absorb the peace and tranquility. The small but informative museum adds an educational twist.  more »
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  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • March 17, 2017
    Love taking the kids here. Lots to see and learn. Also a great venue for class field trips.
  • May 14, 2017
    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.
  • January 18, 2017
    Well maintained trails, nice lake. The nature center is interesting and fun for kids. Everything is free except the gift shop.
  • June 4, 2016
    Very fun and educational. Nice maintained walking trails. Good fishing spots.

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