Outdoor Recreation




Well-known by the locals for family-friendly fishing and canoeing, Wells Lake is located adjacent to the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, which offers canoe rentals. Wildlife abounds in the water and the surrounding woods. A walking trail circles the lake, providing plenty of opportunities to spend a full day enjoying nature.


Located on Chad Colley Boulevard south of Massard Road is Torraine Lake. In the past, locals called this Stick Lake. It is a favorite for fisherman and kayakers and features a multi-use trail that nearly circles the lake. Recent improvements include a fishing pier, covered pavilion and paved parking lot. This Sevastian County facility is free and open to the public.


Deer Trails Country Club


Deer Trails Country Club is a 9-hole course in the naturally beautiful, park-like setting of Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The course is open to the public seven days a week.

Deer Trails offers excellent hybrid Bermuda greens. This is a good golf course for the everyday golfer and a fair challenge for the lower handicapper.

 Deer Trails Golf Course hosts multiple leagues and tournaments throughout the season. Guests can enjoy breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse grill.

Features:              9-hole course with 18 tee boxes

                             Driving range, putting green, chipping area 

                             Clubhouse with restaurant/grill and pro-shop


Sign up for:           Men's Leagues                Women's Leagues                 Couples' Leagues

                             Ask about hosting tournaments for fundraisers, church or group activities. 

                             The course is located at 11707 Custer Blvd., Fort Smith, AR                                                  

                                                                                                      Contact Bobby Lewis for more information

                                                                                                      479-478-6971  *   deertrailscc@yahoo.com                                




The River Valley Futbol Club hosts annual tournaments on the championship fields located in Chaffee Crossing. The two original NCAA standard fields are used for boys and girls youth teams of all ages. Two new fields, a paved parking lot and restrooms are being added in 2017 to allow more tournament play. 


The River Valley Sports Complex is under construction. This new complex will feature tournament quality softball fields, concession and restroom facilities and ample parking.




Trails abound at Chaffee Crossing. Walking trails connect residential areas to parks and museums. Nearby Ben Geren Park also has walking trails, playgrounds, disc golf, mini-golf, soccer and softball fields. Click here to see the Sebastian County bike trail map that also passes through Chaffee Crossing.


FCRA and the City of Fort Smith are currently partnering to add an additional 6.5 miles of trails to connect all of Chaffee Crossing to the Fort Smith Master Trail Plan and regional trails. This $3.5 million project will run parallel to Wells Lake Road then east to the Historic District area, then back to Frontier Road. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018. 


Hiking through nature not only provides an opportunity to get some exercise but also an up-close experience with nature and wildlife. Deer, ducks, geese, indigenous birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, frogs and insects are just a few members of the animal kingdom who call Chaffee Crossing their home.  There are several unpaved trails across the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center property. Click here to get a map of those trails. 





Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts utilize the roads and trails at Chaffee Crossing. Cycling groups, runners and walkers enjoy the beautiful scenery and miles of paved roads and walking trails that connect residential areas to the many parks and museums. Adventure seekers love the miles of off-road hiking and biking trails. Each year multiple 5k runs and walks take place in Chaffee Crossing for the benefit of regional charities and organizations.


The Western Arkansas Runners have a clubhouse in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. The group hosts 5k runs and the Women Run Arkansas clinics from March through May. 


Individuals, and families often walk, run and ride the relatively quiet roads throughout the property, particularly in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District where streets are wide and traffic levels are low in the evenings and on weekends. It's a great place for kids to learn to ride a bike and for families to exercise together.


Recent News

Feb 21, 2020

A partnership between Mercy Fort Smith and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) will bring a new residency program to Mercy and an annual $23 million economic boost to the Fort Smith region.

Feb 21, 2020

Mercy Fort Smith and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) are developing a new residency program, thanks to a $1.3 million donation from ACHE with the assistance of the Degen Foundation.

Feb 12, 2020

Dignitaries from Mercy, Kindred Healthcare and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education were on hand to raise shovels and ask for blessing of the new 40-bed hospital that is expected to cost about $21 million. Mercy Fort Smith is partnering with Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare to build the rehabilitation hospital on land donated by ACHE. The facility will be next to the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine on the ACHE campus and serve as a teaching site for students in ACHE’s School of Occupational Therapy and School of Physical Therapy, press information provided by Mercy said.

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