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.
From the Northeast (Republic, MO): Take US 60 to Monett, MO, then south on MO 37 to Gateway, AR. Go west on US 62 to the park.
From the North (Joplin, MO): Take US 71 south until the Pea Ridge Exit and then go left on AR 72. At the town of Pea Ridge follow 72 to US 62. Turn left on US 62 to the Park.
From the South (Ft. Smith, AR): Take I-540 north. Go through Fayetteville, AR. Continue north on I-540 to the US 62 exit and follow signs to the park.
From the West (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.
$5 per person for 7 days. $10 per vehicle.
$5 per person (over 15 only)
The park protects and respects this amazing piece of US history, so they will always be preserving this special piece of history.
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.
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.
There is a museum store where you can find great information to take home, including books and postcards.
Kids can enjoy the Junior Ranger program where they can complete their fun activity packs, and school groups can take self-guided tours.
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.
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.