Greg Smith River Trail


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Greg Smith River Trail Facts

States: Arkansas
Counties: Sebastian
Length: 4.7 miles
Trail end points: Riverfront Park and Riverfront Dr./255 (across from Williams Ln.)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6017713
Trail activities: Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Greg Smith River Trail Description

Running adjacent to the Arkansas River, the Rice Carden Walking Trail provides a pleasant out-and-back trip of just over 6 miles in the community of Fort Smith. You will have views of the river as you travel along the pathway through a quiet, wooded area; look for deer among the trees.

Parking and Trail Access

A small parking lot is available mid-trail off Riverfront Drive/Clayton Expressway (SR 255).

Greg Smith River Trail Reviews

I can tell the trail is not completely finished, but it has had MAJOR upgrades since people last reviewed it. The first half of the trail (starting at the River Front Park near downtown Fort Smith and following the river) is now a nice wide concrete walkway with a pavilion and statuary near the park and benches along the trail. About mid-way through the first half of the trail there is another pavilion and a nice footbridge. There is also lighting all along this part of the trail. There is no heavy vegetation close to the trail, so no security worries or surprises.

It has been years since I walked on the second half of the trail that leads to Fort Smith Park. It is still a gravel trail, but smooth and level as it was build upon old railway tracks. I'm not sure if this portion of the trail is lighted, but it does have vegetation closer to the trail, so people may not feel as secure at night.

If you haven't been on this trail in a couple of years, I highly recommend it. It's a very easy trail, except the length may be a challenge for some, and a lot of it is now wheelchair accessible.

It seems the parks dept. read the last comment and did a great job.
I went today for a 10 miles return run from the national historic site and I enjoyed a lot.
I started from the Narional historic site, followed the river toward north, passed below the bridge Rd 64 and stayed on the Riverfront Dr. for 2 miles, then after a small bridge I took the trail on the left. The gravel trail is on the top of the digue between the Arkansas river and the Riverfront dr. It is surrounded by trees and we can glimpse the river from time to time. The trail itself is a bit more than 3 miles one way. It is extremely well maintained, the grass was freshly cut and the gravel is perfectly flat with no hole.
I spotted young deers fighting and enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the Arkansas River.
A great place to run far from the traffic in Fort Smith.

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