Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Fort Smith
(5/5 based on 30+ 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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  • 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 »
  • Great little place to go spend a morning, or an afternoon, or just a couple of hours. Rain or Shine. Large pond for fishing,canoeing, picnicking, relaxing, or hiking around. Lots of nature trails. Alw...  more »
  • Plenty of trails, educational opportunities and fun to be had. Best of all this place is free! So if you are passing through, stop for a couple hours and let your little ones get all of their wiggles ...  more »