Pea Ridge Garfield
Where is it at?
15930 Highway 62
Military Park Road
Tel: 479 451-8122
Where are we going today?
The Civil War one of the most poignant events that ever happened in the USA, and Pea Ridge is one of the most important battles that occurred. It also happens to be the most intact Civil War battlefields in the entire country. Which makes a fascinating, historic and educational experience for everyone who visits - especially the kids!
There are 4,300 acres of battlefield which honor those who fought for what they believe in, and two days in March in 1862 decided the entire fate of Missouri and the West! 26,000 soldiers fought in the battle, and now their stories can be heard once more.
The best place to start your visit is at the Visitor Center, where you you will find a bookstore, theater (with a 28 minute film), as well as a small museum. Outside the center you will come across a 7 mile tour road with 10 stops along it, as well as a 9 mile horse trail and a 7 mile hiking trail.
It's a great place for those families to enjoy nature, and of course that means there are plenty of opportunities to experience the wildlife and explore the amazing forest.
The hiking trail will take you through both historic areas and natural areas of the park, and if you don't particularly want to hike that far there are several shorter loops you can take on. You are more than welcome to ride your bikes on the tour road but you must ride with the traffic.
Throughout summer, caravan tours are regularly held, so just ask at the visitor center when you arrive.
An important experience for every family.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 per person for 7 days. $10 per vehicle.
- Children$5 per person (over 15 only)
When can we go?
Visitor Center is open 8:30am - 4:30pm daily.
Visitor Center closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Kids can enjoy the Junior Ranger program where they can complete their fun activity packs, and school groups can take self-guided tours..
Why not put a few snacks in your bag as well as a bottle of water so you will always have that energy you need to keep learning. .
Any Top Tips?
The visitor center has different hours to the park grounds, which are open 6am - 6pm 7 days a week until 1st April, then close 9pm until Oct 31. .
Doing our bit
The park protects and respects this amazing piece of US history, so they will always be preserving this special piece of history. .
Need a little extra help?
The Visitor Center is accessible to wheelchairs, and the film has been captioned for those with hearing difficulties. The park road as well as most tour stops are also accessible, however not all the trails are fully accessible. .
Can I get one of those?
There is a museum store where you can find great information to take home, including books and postcards. .
Camping isn't allowed on the property, and pets are welcome but they must be on a lease that is no longer than 6 feet. They are also not allowed in the buildings. .
What people are saying?
by jl gemmell
35+ years coming here. Awesome tradition.
by David Horace
Could not have had a better experience. Great stock and prices as well as beautiful environment to select trees from. Personable, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the various types of trees and some of the hybrids they graft to get unique characteristics.
by Larry Decker
Have been coming here for 22 years. This year we waited for over an hour to have our tree delivered from the field. After two trailers came down without our tree we finally had to ask for a refund because we had a commitment to get to. A worker commented that it was probably on the bottom of the pile in the field. If you get a tree here, I recommend staying with your tree after they net it and make sure they get it on the trailer going down. This was a horrible ending to an otherwise great day. Looking for recommendations of where to go next year...Read More
by Mark Meyer
Very scenic place to get your Christmas Trees. Far nicer than going to some lifeless tree lot. PeaRidge has a lot of crafts, carmel popcorn, hot chocolate, and Santa makes an appearance. They are adding wider varieties of trees like Frasier furs and west coast varieties. The Rood family runs this great place and also send out a holiday letter detailing the year. It's more than a business, its a family experience.
by Larry Decker
Have been coming here for 22 years. This year we waited for over an hour to have our tree delivered from the field. After two trailers came down without our tree we finally had to ask for a refund because we had a commitment to get to. A worker commented that it was probably on the bottom of the pile in the field. If you get a tree here, I recommend staying with your tree after they net it and make sure they get it on the trailer going down. This was a horrible ending to an otherwise great day. Looking for recommendations of where to go next year along highway 94.