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“An excellent museum and driving tour of battlefield”

Pea Ridge National Military Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Garfield
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

If you are interested in Civil War history, Pea Ridge is a must on your list. Excellent museum. Helpful and intelligent rangers on hand to answer questions, and living history volunteers make it come to life. Great driving tour where you can also bike. The Trail of Tears passes through the park and you can hike that, as well. Good bookstore, too. Junior Ranger program for kids is free and they receive a badge upon completion of the booklet. Don't miss this.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Living in the Virginia area, with all its Civil War history, it's easy to forget the major battles that happened elsewhere in the country. Pea Ridge was one such battle where close to 23,000 soldiers fought on March 7 and 8, 1862 to ensure that Union forces controlled Missouri and the major transportation center at St. Louis throughout the Civil War.

Pea Ridge was a decisive victory for the Union Army, even though they were outnumbered and outgunned by the Confederates.

There's so much rich history captured here in "Trail Markers" along the 7 mile, self guided paved road that winds through the battlefield with 10 stops along the way where you can get out and walk some of the historic paths. One must see stop is the battlefield and cannons at Leetown, which is said to look very much the way it did more than 150 years ago.

Pea Ridge is also the only major Civil War battle in which Indian troops, almost 1,000 Cherokee, fought alongside the Confederate army. The park also includes a 2.5-mile (4-km) section of the Trail of Tears, the route along which the Cherokee nation traveled after being forced to give up its land east of the Mississippi River and migrate to what is now Oklahoma.

Carve out about a half hour for the visitor's center where you'll find a theater, a bookstore, and a small museum, before heading out to the battlefield.

There is a $5.00 permit charge for each person over the age of 15 but worth it to help maintain the Civil War history of this part of NW Arkansas.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Excellent park-we took the driving tour a few months back, VERY interesting and informative. I also went back and hiked most of the trails, nice scenery, and you can't help but get immersed in the history of this place...

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

An excellent park in general, and great for those interested in civil war history. There's the displays, the documentary, and a driving cell phone tour. Sadly the weather was poor when I visited but with the clever phone tour you do get all the information about the place you could ever want. Cannons set up on the tour was very cool, great views at the overlook and of the battlefield in general. Totally unspoiled by development which is always great to see. My only criticism would have to be with the phone tour; some of the narration left a lot to be desired, to be honest I could have done a better job.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

I will keep this short and sweet. The gift shop is nice. There was a film that was excellent and interesting that explains the Battle of Pea Ridge's roll in the Civil War. The film was shown on a TV because the projector was broken, that was kind of lame, but the film was still good. There is a self guided drive through the park that was good and had many points to stop on. It takes 30 minutes to drive if you don't stop, but you should.

1  Thank kevin_stanfill
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