Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

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Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Arkansas

(479) 846-2990

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Overview

Prairie Grove is recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields. The park protects the battle site and interprets the Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier resulting in about 2,700 casualties in a day of fierce fighting. This marked the last major Civil War engagement in northwest Arkansas.

Walk along the ridge and in the valley where the heaviest fighting took place. Take the one-mile Battlefield Trail or travel the park's five-mile Driving Tour. Visit the Battlefield Museum for exhibits describing the park and the battle of Prairie Grove, and tour the historic structures in the Ozark village.

Park exhibits, tours and programs describe the battle and its local effect. The park hosts Arkansas's largest battle reenactment biennially on even-numbered years on the first weekend of December.

Map of Prairie Grove Battlefield (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.983292, -94.310565

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can take a five-mile driving tour of the battlefield, viewing important locations both in and outside of the park.

  • Hiking

    Walk the one-mile paved trail over the most contested part of the battlefield. Twelve interpretive panels with photos and quotes from participants in the battle are placed along the trail and tell the story of the battle of Prairie Grove.

  • Historic Sites

    The park offers numerous educational activities, including a one-mile interpretive walk over the battlefield, a driving tour, visitor center and museum.

  • Picnicking

    Tree-shaded tables, grills, and barbecue pit, plus a rental picnic pavilion provide a peaceful location for family outings. A playground, water, electricity and rest rooms conveniently adjoin the picnic area.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 540 in Fayetteville, travel west on U.S. 62 just 8 miles to the park (located on the eastern edge of Prairie Grove).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(479) 846-2990

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