Pea Ridge National Military Park
In early March of 1862, Union soldiers were deployed to block Confederate movement toward St. Louis. Some 26,000 men fought here for control not only of Missouri, but also northern Arkansas. Difficulty traveling and a break in the supply line led to a Confederate loss. The two-day battle, much of which took place near Elkhorn Tavern, resulted in more than 3,000 casualties.
This 4,300-acre site commemorates the pivotal event. Its visitors center shows the 30-minute film, Thunder in the Ozarks, and has Civil War exhibits as well as a bookstore and gift shop. It’s also the departure point for a 7-mile self-guided driving tour of the battlefield with a re-creation of the Elkhorn Tavern and 10 interpretive stops. There are also 7 miles of hiking trails and 9 miles of horse trails.
15930 Hwy. 62 E.
- Pea Ridge, Arkansas 72732
- 36.44319900, -94.02430000
- Visitors Center: daily 8:30--4:30. Grounds: daily 6--dusk.
- Visit Website
- (479) 451-8122