Outdoor Recreation

 

Fishing/Kayaking/Canoeing

Well-known by the locals for family-friendly fishing and canoeing, Wells Lake is located adjacent to the Janet Huckabee 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 covered pavilion and paved parking lot that 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.
Driving range, putting green and a chipping area are also available.

 

The course is located at 11707 Custer Blvd., Fort Smith, AR. Call 479-478-6971 for more information.

 


Soccer/Softball

The Fort Smith Express Soccer league hosts annual tournaments on the championship fields located in Chaffee Crossing. The fields are used for boys and girls youth teams of all ages. The River Valley Sports Complex is expected to open in 2017. This new complex will feature 8 tournament quality softball fields, two concession and restroom facilities and ample parking.

 


Trails

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 for a bike trail map)

 

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.

 

Cycling clubs, individuals and families often ride the relatively quiet roads throughout the property.

 


Cycling/Running

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. Also each year several 5k runs and walks take place in Chaffee Crossing benefitting several regional charities and organizations.

 

 

Recent News


Sep 6, 2017

Residential developer ERC of Fort Smith and Rogers has announced its fifth residential development will soon be under construction in Chaffee Crossing. 


Jul 20, 2017

The Chaffee Crossing HIstoric Preservation Organization received a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to complete renovation of Barracks #823, known as the Elvis Barracks.


Jul 5, 2017

FCRA and the City of Fort Smith Parks Department were approved for a $500,000 TAP grant from the AR Highway and Transportation Department in 2016. The funds will be used to connect and extend Phase I of the new Chaffee Crossing trails plan. In 2015, FCRA committed to spending up to $1.5 million to complete three phases of trails through Chaffee Crossing (approx. 6 miles) and the City of Fort Smith agreed to match that amount. 


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