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Pea Ridge National Military Park

Ozark Mountains + Highlands, Arkansas

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  • Welcome to Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • The visitor center at Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • A paved auto tour at Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • The original Trail of Tears passes through Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • General Curtis' headquarters were here.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Easy hiking trails through the park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • A trail in Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Lee Town's village is now gone.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Leetown Battlefield.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • McCullogh and McIntosh were killed here.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Artillery at Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • One thousand Cherokees fought Confederates here.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • West Overlook.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • In the weeds at Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Battlefield Overlook is 464 feet from the parking area.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Views of Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • A trail in Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Butterflies in Pea Ridge National Military Park.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Elkhorn Tavern.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Confederates used the Elkhorn Tavern as a supply base.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Monument to fallen McCulloch, McIntosh, and Slack.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • The last Confederate sunset was seen here.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Federal trenches can still be seen here.- Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • - Pea Ridge National Military Park
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Pros: 
Overlook of the battlefield. Wildflowers. Civil War history.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Ozark Mountains + Highlands, AR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Pea Ridge National Military Park tells the story of the battle that saved the state of Missouri for the Union during the Civil War. This battle occurred seven months after the Confederate army won the battle against the Union at Wilson's Creek approximately 75 miles north.

One of the prime objectives for the federal government was to keep Missouri for the Union. The Confederate army outnumbered Union troops, but they had marched beyond the reach of their supply lines. The Union army took this opportunity to surprise the rebels, crippling their line. With no ammunition to fight back and two dead commanding officers, the rebels retreated in defeat.

You can start your visit at the visitor center and watch a 20-minute video explaining the turn of events before starting a driving tour. The tour starts at the parking lot and follows the arrows. There are a total of 10 stops, starting with a description of a part of the Trail of Tears, where 1,000 natives were forcefully removed from their homelands. Every stop includes information on its significance in the battle.

The tour road will loop around for 7 miles and end at the visitor center. It takes about 30 minutes total. Park ranger driving tours are also available, so check the schedule and join them for a more in-depth learning experience. The road access closes at 4:30 p.m., but the visitor center is open until 5 p.m.

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