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Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park is located to the northeast of Rogers, near Bentonville, Arkansas. It is one of the most well-preserved battlefields in the United States. It consists of a 4,300-acre Civil War battlefield that preserves the site of the March 1862 battle that saved Missouri for the Union. The park was created by an act of Congress in 1956 and was dedicated in 1963. Visitors to Pea Ridge Park are welcomed with a museum, featuring permanent and revolving exhibits, and a 28-minute movie, both of which provide background and orientation to the story of the battle. During the driving tour through the battlefield and its 10 stops, visitors receive detailed information about the battle action and significant features in each area of the park. The park also includes a visitor center and a two and one-half mile segment of the Trail of Tears. The Elkhorn Tavern, site of bitter fighting on March 7 and 8, is a National Park Service reconstruction on the site of the original. The cannons mark the location of Guibor's (Confederate) Missouri Battery during the battle. The original remnants of Telegraph-Military Road also can be seen there. Other sights inside the park include wildlife, especially white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat, and flora. The park facilities include a picnic area, restrooms and soda machine at the visitor center. Activities in the military park include hiking, horseback riding, interactive programs for kids, and regularly scheduled events. The park offers a full-service bookstore. Commercial tours and educational group tours are also arranged upon prior reservation. Pea Ridge National Military Park was accorded a place in the National Register of Historic Places in October 15, 1969. The park is administered by the National Park Service and is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, the Lower Missouri Civil War Heritage Trail and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.