Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Things To Do

Pea Ridge has much to offer visitors.

Inside the Visitor Center, you will find:
-A 28-minute orientation film
-Many temporary exhibits
-A museum explaining the battle
-A great bookstore

Outside you will find:
-A seven-mile self-guided tour road
-28 interpretive exhibits
-9 miles of horse trails
-7 miles of hiking trails

Indoor Activities

The Pea Ridge Visitor Center is located 100 yards from the entrance to the park. All visitors must stop and pay the entrance fee or show a pass.

Once inside the Visitor Center there is a 28 minute orientation film "Thunder in the Ozarks" and a small museum. The park's film was produced in 2001 and provides the visitor an excellent production on the reasons for the battle and what happened during and after the battle.

The park's museum was opened in 1963 and the exhibits are scheduled to be replaced in 2007. While the exhibits are old are tired they are still of interest to most who visit the park. There are temporary exhibits about archeology, General Curtis and two Union officers who fought at Pea Ridge located in the foyer of the Visitor Center.

The park's Eastern National Bookstore is also located in the Visitor Center. The bookstore has one of the finest Civil War related selection of books in the National Park System. The only restroom facilities in the park are also located in the visitor center.

Outdoor Activities

Pea Ridge offers those who love the outdoors plenty of opportunityes to experience nature. From hiking, walking, running, biking to horseback riding there are miles of trails.

The park's hiking trail is seven miles long and goes to both natural and historic areas of the park. If you are not interested in the whole seven-mile trail there are several shorter loop trails that are accessible from tour stop 7 (the Elkhorn Tavern).

Many people enjoy walking and running along the tour road and this is fine with us, please keep an eye out for moving vehicles.

The horse trailhead is located southwest of tour stop 1. The trailhead has spots for 10-15 trailers and access to the horse trail is down the dirt road through the trees. There are now two loops to the horse trail. The shorter five-mile trail and longer nine-mile trail split at Ford Road. The five-mile trail follows Ford Road while the nine-mile trail goes to the more remote northern section of the park. Horses are no longer allowed to go to the Elkhorn Tavern or down to the Tanyard.

Bicycles are allowed only on the tour road and must ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic laws.

The white tail deer, turkeys, raccoons, and other wild animals live here and are protected. Please do not feed, touch or harass the wildlife in anyway.

Snakes are abundant at Pea Ridge. Pigmy Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths, and Timber Rattlesnakes are found in the park as well as several types of non-venomous snakes. Please leave them alone and leave the area.