Nestled close to the charming city of Rogers, Northwest Arkansas, the Pea Ridge National Military Park was established in the year 1956 by orders of the US congress which aims to conserve the battle zone of the Battle of Pea Ridge. It was finally restored in the year 1994. The park is a charitable organization dedicated to providing education to the public, bringing enhancements to the park, and supporting the operations of the Pea Ridge National Military Park.
The park spans roughly 4,300-acre of outdoor space serves as a public historic landmark which includes a several mile, self-guided road tour with 10 stops, a museum, hiking paths, library, and guest hub, probably among the best-preserved war landscape in Arkansas. Featured park sections include the rendition of the historic Elkhorn Tavern, which was the center of the intense fighting of the two-day skirmish; remains of the first Telegraph / Military Road, a highly significant pre-war thoroughfare; and the battleground proper. Telegraph Road is an important part of the region’s heritage, widely recognized as the Old Wire Road. This path has become a part of the road linked to thousands Of native American tribes being forcefully evicted and is widely referred to as the Tear Trail. It was the road that serviced the area between St. Louis and San Francisco between 1858 and 1861. Telegraph Road was also the major transit route in the region during the Civil War. Telegraph Road is best known in particular as the center point in the Pea Ridge War. The Battle of Pea Ridge was also the only major engagement of major conflict involving indigenous US troops. Directed by General Brigadier Albert Pike, two Cherokees troops marched for the Confederate Army.
The park is open all day from 8 am to sunset excluding the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Guest Center within the park is open until 4:30 p.m. There are also areas for recreational activities such as picnics, some hiking, and horse-riding ranges. General admission to the park costs $20 per ride for self-guided car tours and the ticket is valid for 7 days. Guided tours are also offered though. Pea Ridge’s National Military Park is phenomenal that neither one must be a Civil War junkie to appreciate this magnificent park. The landscape is magnificent and welcoming to the guests.
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