• Elkhorn Tavern, Federal Provost Marshal Headquarters and Field Hospital Used by Both Armies

    Pea Ridge

    National Military Park Arkansas

Outdoor Activities

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

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

Many people enjoy walking and running along the tour road. We welcome this, but always keep an eye out for moving vehicles.

 
Wire Road

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 they are in.Please read Things to Know Before You Come to review several precautionary measures regarding the wildlife at Pea Ridge.

Did You Know?

General Franz Sigel commands cannons at Pea Ridge

Almost half of the enlisted troops and many of the officers in the Union Army of the Southwest at the Battle of Pea Ridge spoke German as their first language.