Pea Ridge National Military Park is the site of a civil war battle that took place March 7 and 8, 1862. It was one of the largest battles (16,000 Confederate troops; 10,500 Union) fought west of the Mississippi River and was associated with Federal efforts to keep Missouri in the Union. There has been little development in the area since and it is said to be most intact civil war battle site in the nation.
There is a small but well-done visitor center and a seven-mile tour road with several well-marked tour stops.The visitor center contains a theater, bookstore, and a small museum. A very useful 30 minute film providing a historical overview is shown on a regular basis throughout the day. Highly recommended. Also recommend that some time be spent viewing the museum and the informative relief map and dioramas.
The tour road is self-guided and visitors can take as much time as they wish to examine the topography and battle-sites. There are a number of cannons on display.
This a beautiful area, and I found it illuminating and sobering to view the sights; to consider the events; and to contemplate the carnage and the courage. Definitely worth visiting.