Pea Ridge National Military Park encompasses a total area of about 4,300 acres of land in Benton County, Arkansas. The military park is located near the border with Missouri in fact to gain access to the park, you can simply drive about 80 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, off US Highway 62.
The Pea Ridge National Military Park is acknowledged as one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the United States. The Union Won a battle in the land where the park sits on March 7-8, 1862, and this led to the Unions control of Missouri. There are several other attractions to the park that lure visitors to spend time here.
Some of the more well-liked attractions include a driving tour, the restored battlefields, visitors center and museum, a section of the pre-war Old Telegraph Road, hiking trails including approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears that was used by some members of the Cherokee Nation, and the restored Elkhorn Tavern. The Tavern was the epicenter of many battles in the American Civil War.
Visitors can also enjoy recreational activities like hiking, and auto touring in the military park. Furthermore, if you have a tail-wagger, you can bring them to the Pea Ridge National Military Park, but you will have to follow the park rules. The rules are designed to protect the park's resources and to keep visitors as well as other pets and dogs safe and comfortable.
For starters, if you bring your dog into the park, you should be aware of the areas of the park that you can and cannot go into. Generally, dogs are not allowed into any park buildings unless the dog is a service dog. In areas where you are allowed to take your dog, you should ensure that your dog is leashed (the leash must be a maximum of six feet in length) or secured in an enclosure. Maintaining immediate control of your dog at all times is paramount.