Eastern Oklahoma has so much to offer! From hiking to waterskiing, shopping to casinos, museums to trail riding, come enjoy what you love or try something new. Use the Sallisaw/Ft Smith W KOA as your base camp for a great vacation or even a single excursion before you head out on your journey! Check out all the possibilities:
Admission is free. Closed Monday and State Holidays. Exhibits here illustrate the history of the Cherokee from 1600 to 1907 and the development of Sequoyah's syllabary. Visitors are taught the use of this Cherokee alphabet and given a computer printout of their names and common greetings in Cherokee. Visit http://www.okhistory.org/sites/sequoyahcabin online for more information. 918.775.2413
From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.
Explore life on the edge of Indian Territory through the stories of soldiers, the Trail of Tears, dangerous outlaws, and the brave lawmen who pursued them.
The visitor center has evolved over time. Beginning in 1846 it was the enlisted men's barracks and dining hall. In 1872, it was converted to a courthouse and jail. A second more modern jail was built in 1888. The last major changed occurred between 1996-2000 when the buildings were renovated and exhibits added making the building accessible to all visitors. The visitor center helps tell the story of Fort Smith from 1817 to 1896.
Open daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. Great museum, cemetery, grounds (bring a picnic lunch), and much more!
Visitors can be reminded of one of the most chaotic eras in the history of Fort Smith, Arkansas, with a visit to the barracks/courthouse, jail and restored gallows of the "Hanging" Judge Isaac C. Parker. Located in downtown Fort Smith, it is just a short drive of 23 miles. http://www.arkansas.com/places-to-go/parks/national-federal-parks/fort-smith-historic.aspx 479.783.3961
Nov/12 - Apr/01 Anna Mitchell Legacy Exhibit
Apr/08 - May/06 46th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale
May/13 - Aug/11 Return from Exile Art Exhibition
Aug/14 - Aug/19 Preserving Cherokee Culture: Holding the Past for the Future
Aug/26 - Sep/30 22nd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale
Oct/07 - Mar/31 Cherokee Warriors Exhibit
Diligwa - 1710 Cherokee Village - provides you the chance to experience Cherokee life in the early 18th century and features 19 wattle and daub structures, 14 interpretive stations, and a detailed historic landscape set on four acres of land adjacent to the Cherokee Heritage Center.Visitors witness daily life as they are guided through the interpretive stations where crafts are demonstrated, stories are told, and Cherokee lifeways are explained.The overall village includes eight residential sites, each with a Cherokee summer house and winter house, a corn crib, a “kitchen garden” and additional landscaping. The public complex consists of the primary council house and summer council pavilion overlooking a large plaza that served as the center of community activity. In addition, two recreation areas featuring a marble field and stickball field showcase the Cherokee games that are still played today.TRAIL OF TEARS EXHIBIT A permanent exhibit explores the forced removal of Cherokee from their indigenous territory to the “Indian Territory”, present day Oklahoma. The exhibit is staged in six galleries, each of which, through documentation and artifacts, concentrates on specific aspects of Cherokee history and culture.
Many attractions, restaurants, and shopping abound in Eastern Oklahoma. If you can stay an extra day, a trip south through the Talimena Scenic Mountains is awe- inspiring. http://byways.org/explore/byways/2485. Talimena Scenic Drive Association phone is 918.567.3434
The refuge provides habitat for water fowl and other migratory birds. It also provides food and cover for resident wildlife. This attractions is located three miles South of I-40 at the Vian exit. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=21640 918.773.5251
Ride in style on a meticulously restored antique passenger cars, a first-class parlor car or the 1940's Caboose, Lil' Toot. Relax as you wind through the river valleys, traverse high trestles, and cut into a quarter-mile tunnel. Their friendly and fun-loving conductors will enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area's rich history, while tending to your safety and other needs.If you are young or young at heart and ready to experience the scenic foot hills of the Boston Mountains, don't miss this opportunity to travel in the style of a bygone era. Sorry, they cannot accommodate pack mules or pet chickens on their train rides.
Fort Smith offers travelers of all ages glimpses into its distinctive past through restorations, attractions, museums, and festivals that make its history fun and exciting. Now an energetic city of 80,000 people, Fort Smith is known for accommodating visitors with a blend of "southern hospitality" and "western openness" -- anxious to share its past while yet busily planning for the future. http://www.fortsmith.org/ Downtown Fort Smith is an easy 23 miles from Sallisaw.
Located 30 miles from the campground, this historic downtown overflows with numerous antique shops, quaint eating places and great stores. http://www.seevanburen.com/ 479.474.2761
Oklahoma's only archaeological park, is a 150-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds which contain evidence of an Indian culture that occupied the site from 850 A.D. to 1450 A.D.The Mounds are considered one of the four most important prehistoric Indian sites east of the Rocky Mountains. They were dubbed the "King Tut of the Arkansas Valley" by the Kansas City Star in 1935. The Spiro chiefs controlled trade between the vast reaches of the plains and verdant southeast woodlands. Other area villages recognized certain Spiro residents as political and/or religious leaders. They directed everyday farmers in the building of mortuary houses where the bodies of the high-ranking dead lay.Many exotic religious rituals at Spiro centered upon the death and burial of elite members of the Spiro society. Other ceremonies included the celebration of planting, harvesting, and the changing of seasons.The Park and Interpretative Center allow the visitors to acquaint themselves with the lifestyle of these prehistoric Indians through artifacts, displays, interpretive displays, period home, reconstructed mounds, and unexcavated mounds.
Free admission (donations accepted). www.okhistory.org/outreach/museums/spiromounds.html 918.962.2062
We have so many antique shops to choose from, we guarantee you won't have time to hit them all. Stop in the store for a list of names, addresses, phone numbers and hours. We make it so easy!