Arkansas: Pea Ridge National Military Park|
Posted on Sunday, March 05 @ 14:25:00 CST by iljiana
15930 Highway 62
Garfield, AR 72732
Pea Ridge National Military Park is a 4,300 acre
Civil War Battlefield that preserves the site of the March 1862 battle
that saved Missouri for the Union.The park also includes a two and one half mile
segment of the Trail of Tears. The Elkhorn Tavern, site of bitter
fighting on both days, is a NPS reconstruction on the site of the
original. The park is one of the most well preserved battlefields in
the United States.
The visitor center serves as point of entry into
the park. A museum and 28 minute movie, "Thunder In the Ozarks" are
designed to provide background and orientation to the story of the
battle. It is recommended that the visitor see these exhibits before
beginning the tour. The drive through the battlefield and its ten stops
are designed to provide information relative to battle action and
significant features in each area of the park. The hiking trail is a
pleasurable day hike. This trail takes the hiker into the more natural
areas of the park, and is not designed to give significance to the
battle. The horse trail is a rugged ride into the back country. It too
is designed for recreation and lacks historical markings. The park is
an excellent place for viewing wildlife especially white tailed deer,
wild turkey, and bobcat . The fauna of the spring and the hardwood
colors of the fall are also a pleasurable sight. The park has a picnic
area at the visitor center. All park facilities require an entrance
fee. Recreational sports such as football, volleyball, roller blading,
skateboarding, and kite flying are prohibited. Hunting and trapping are
prohibited in the park. Metal detecting and searching for relics are
strictly prohibited. The park features an eleven mile equestrian trail.
The park is 80 miles southwest of Springfield,
MO. Take US 60 to Monett, MO, then south on MO 37 to Gateway, AR. Go
west on US 62 to the park. The park is 90 miles northeast of Fort
Smith, AR. Take I-44 east to I-540. Go north to Fayetteville, AR.
Continue north on I-540 to the US 62 exit and follow signs to the park.
The park is 150 miles east of Tulsa, OK. Take the Cherokee Turnpike to
US 412 to Siloam Springs and Springdale, AR. Take I-540 north to US 62
East and follow signs to the park.
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