Pea Ridge National Military Park
View from the East View at Pea Ridge National Military Park
Ridge National Military Park is owned and administered by the National Park
Service, a section of the Department of the Interior of the United States
Government. Pea Ridge is one of only six Civil War National Military Parks
in the United States, and therefore ranks up along with great battlefields such
as Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Vicksburg. Although Pea Ridge doesn't quite
match these famous battlefields, this Arkansas battlefield has been called the
best preserved and most beautiful in the nation.
The absolutely beautiful over-view found at stop nine
After the wonderful view, the tour leads to the center-piece of the park- Elkhorn Tavern. The restored building in interesting enough, although the building was being worked on at the time I was there, so I didn't get to explore. Near the building are two monuments, several cannon, and a two-mile walking trail that travels across the important Telegraph Road. On the return trip to the visitor's center, visitors see both Confederate and Union artillery batteries. Pea Ridge is very well preserved Military Park that fits well into it's secluded and mountainous settings. A visit to this secluded battlefield should not be missed.