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Explore the River Valley

Welcome to the Arkansas River Valley – where the Arkansas River flows between the beautiful Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges. On the banks of the river, and at the intersection of interstates 40 and 540, lies Fort Smith – the second largest city in Arkansas and the heartbeat of the valley. This unique location allows local residents to enjoy a rich heritage and access to an abundance of natural beauty. It’s no wonder we enjoy calling this our home!

Want to learn more about a particular community? We can help! Simply click on a community below. You can also review local school information, check out the local chambers of commerce, and browse a list of local employers.

Of course, you can always contact us. We’d be happy to tell you all about our part of the world!

Fort Smith Area Communities:

  • Fort Smith, Arkansas:

    Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers. In its early days, the city served as a western frontier military post and was well-known for enforcing law in the “wild west”… Learn more about Fort Smith

  • Van Buren, Arkansas:

    The second largest city in the Fort Smith area is Van Buren. Located directly northeast of Fort Smith, just across the Arkansas River and county line, the city serves as the county seat of Crawford County… Explore Van Buren

  • Greenwood, Arkansas:

    Self-described as a “small town with the highest of family values,” Greenwood lies to the southeast of Fort Smith. The city may be small, but it happens to have one of the finest school systems in the state… Check out Greenwood

  • Rural Sebastian County:

    Aside from its county seats of Fort Smith and Greenwood, Sebastian County also has a handful of small communities, including Hackett, Hartford and Lavaca. These communities enjoy their own smaller school districts and lie near areas rich in fish and wildlife… Learn more about Rural Sebastian County.

  • Rural Crawford County:

    Beyond Van Buren and deeper into Crawford County, lie a number of smaller communities, including Alma, Cedarville, Mountainburg and Mulberry. Each has its own school system and distinctly rural charm… Explore rural Crawford County.

  • Western Franklin County:

    To the west of Sebastian and Crawford counties lies Franklin county. Charleston is a small town just inside Franklin County, but it’s still considered to be part of the Fort Smith area – probably because it’s just a short twenty minute drive away… Learn more Western Franklin County.

  • Le Flore County, Oklahoma:

    Arkoma, Pocola and Spiro lie just across the state line in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, but are a short commute from Fort Smith… Explore Le Flore County.

  • Sequoyah County, Oklahoma:

    Drive west through downtown Fort Smith, cross the river into Oklahoma, and you’ll find yourself in Sequoyah County. Roland and Muldrow are two small towns in the eastern part of the county and are just minutes away from Fort Smith. Explore Sequoyah County.

Want to Learn More About Arkansas in General?

Be sure to visit the State of Arkansas at, Arkansas – the Natural State at or Arkansas State Parks at