Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Prairie Grove, AR

Where are we going?

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E Douglas St
Prairie Grove
AR 72753


What is there to do?

Kids, do you love history? Well, a visit to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park lets you not only learn about a very important event in US history, but lets you learn it on the ground that it actually happened!

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is recognized as one of the USA's most intact Civil War battlefields, which is pretty special. The state park now protects the battle site and interprets the Battle of Prairie Grove, so families can have an educational family day out too.

On December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier. This resulted in a day of terrible fighting, and about 2,700 casualties. This marked the last major Civil War engagement in northwest Arkansas.

Now, when you visit, you can walk over this hallowed ground where history actually happened. Spent time and walk along the ridge and in the valley where the heaviest fighting took place. You can follow the one-mile Battlefield Trail or travel the park's five-mile Driving Tour if you want to explore a bit further afield.

Make sure you spend time touring the historic structures in the Ozark village too. 

A good idea is to start your park visit at Hindman Hall, which is the park's battlefield museum and visitor center. Here, you will find interactive exhibits interpreting and detailing the Battle of Prairie Grove that bring that history alive. 
A fascinating, sombre, and important family day out in Arkansas, where kids can feel history coming back to life all around them. 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $5 for guided tour of historic buildings. Visitor Center and Exhibits are free

Children: Ages 6 - 12: $3 for guided tour of historic buildings. Visitor Center and Exhibits are free

Discount: Family is $15


Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the historic buildings, but a driving tour is a great option, because as long as you're okay in your own vehicle you can enjoy the history


When can we go?

Picnic areas and restrooms open 8am - one hour after sunset (daily). Museum closes 5pm

Year round, but buildings & tours closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving Day, and Dec 24/25.


Any top tips?

The park hosts state's largest battle reenactment biennially in even-numbered years during the first weekend of December - put it in the diary! Activities include guided tours through Union, Confederate and civilian camps; military drills conducted by reenactors; cooking, spinning and lace-making demonstrations; and living history programs. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. each day, battle demonstrations feature charges and counterattacks by Union and Confederate infantry and cavalry on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House.

I’m Hungry!

They have picnic spots so why not take a packed lunch and enjoy it on the grass taking in the sights.

Healthy Eating

It's a good idea to take bottled water to stay hydrated - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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