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Make travel plans to visit Arkansas and check out as many of these exceptional Civil War sites and attractions as you can. From Little Rock and its metro area, to Fayetteville in the north – there's a wide range of Civil War history to see in Arkansas.
The Delta Region of Arkansas is home to some premier Civil War history. Visit the St. Charles Museum & Battle Monument, or enjoy a day at the Arkansas Post National Memorial. Throughout the southern and central region of Arkansas, be sure to visit Jenkins Ferry State Park near Benton and Arkadelphia. The Prairie D'Ane Battlefield yields significant historic insights, and is an easy drive away from Hope and Texarkana.
Stay in the Little Rock Metro Area and discover two of the very best Civil War museums – Lonoke County Museum, and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Little Rock also yields easy visits to Reed's Bridge Battlefield near Jacksonville, and the Walker-Marmaduke Duel Site.
When your Arkansas visit has you placed in the Ozarks, check out the Fort Smith National Historic Site near Van Buren. Make your way north a bit to Eureka Springs and explore the very popular and impressive Pea Ridge National Military Park.
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Make the most of your next trek through central & southern Arkansas – tour these iconic, historic, and important Civil War sites and attractions. East of Arkadelphia, and south from Benton, Jenkins Ferry State Park is a premier Civil War site in the region. Commemorating the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry – April 30th, 1864 – this site is a must-visit and an ideal place to start your tour of Civil War sites in central Arkansas.
Find and utilize the interactive exhibits at Jenkins Ferry State Park visitors center, and plan for a full day of exploration – it's just one of the many exceptional Arkansas state parks. Continue heading south along Highway 167 and discover Marks' Mills Battleground State Park. A premier destination for those who claim to be Civil War buffs, and for anyone visiting nearby Pine Bluff, Marks Mills Battleground is a must-see.
Marks' Mills Battleground State Park Memorializes the Battle of Marks' Mills on April 25th, 1864. Continue exploring near Pine Bluff and enjoy a tour of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum. A tour through this impressive museum will guide you through two must-see exhibits: the Honors Gallery, and the Military Room. Both of these exhibits feature a wealth of insight into the Civil War.
Make your way closer to Hope and Texarkana and be sure to explore the Prairie D'Ane Battlefield. Tour this site on your visit to learn all about the Battle of Prairie D'Ane, which was just one of the engagements in the Camden Expedition of 1864. Further south, ideal when you stay in McGehee, Lake Chicot State Park yields full days of exploration, learning, and fun. This oxbow lake was once the main channel of the Mississippi River, and was used heavily during the Civil War.
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Explore the Delta Region of Arkansas soon and discover a wide range of excellent and important Civil War attractions. Museums, memorials, cultural centers, and battlefields dot the Delta landscape from McGehee to Stuttgart. Explore the city of West Helena – charming and worth of an overnight stay, this is a must-see destination. The Battle of Helena Battlefield is a premier Civil War site in the area – make a day of it and tour the grounds. Learn a bit about the area and it's ties to the Civil War.
Another must-visit spot in West Helena is the Delta Cultural Center. Situated just along the Mississippi River Delta, this cultural center yields impressive insights across three main areas – Visitors Center, Train Depot, and the Moore-Hornor House. Plan a visit to McGehee and check out the nearby Arkansas Post National Memorial. Spread across 757 acres, the Arkansas Post NM was the first European settlement in the state, and features it's own Civil War roots.
In Stuttgart, be sure to visit the St. Charles Museum & Battle Monument. Filled with an impressive array of Civil War artifacts and history, the St. Charles Museum & Battle Monument is known to be the sight where Confederate troops fired the deadliest shot of the Civil War.
Don't Miss These Historic Civil War Attractions
Little Rock, like much of Arkansas, has a rich and diverse tapestry of historic attractions. Many of these noteworthy and must-see attractions have deep and unmistakable ties to the American Civil War. Plan your next trip to the Little Rock area and be sure to visit any of these premier Civil War sites. From the museums to historic battlefields, there's no lack of Civil War destinations in Little Rock.
To the northeast of downtown Little Rock, Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park is an ideal place to kick off your Civil War tour of Little Rock. Reed's Bridge Battlefield Park commemorates the August 27th, 1863 Battle of Reed's Bridge, and is a short drive away from Jacksonville. Visit Reed's Bridge and see the most intact of the three area battle sites associated with the Little Rock Campaign.
Closer to downtown Little Rock is the Walker-Marmaduke Duel Site. Visit this famous duel site and see the Walker-Marmaduke Civil War Duel Bronze Plaque. This site commemorates the gun duel between brigadier generals Lucius Marshall Walker and John Sappington Marmaduke.
Another top destination in Little Rock is the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Open seven days a week, this museum features exhibits and artifacts, all in an effort to help preserve the contributions of those Arkansas citizens who fought in the Civil War.
Reed's Bridge Battlefield
Plan for a day of Civil War history and tours for your next trip to Arkansas. In the Little Rock area, make your way to Jacksonville and check out Reed's Bridge Battlefield. This historic site commemorates the Battle of Reed's Bridge, also known as the Battle of Bayou Mateo.
This Civil War battle occurred on August 27th, 1863. This park is open daily for you to explore. You can find designated hiking and walking paths, along with interpretive panels where you'll gain insights into the area and the battle. Reed's Bridge Battlefield is one of three sites connected to the Little Rock Campaign.
Check Out These Premier Civil War Landmarks
Arkansas has a deep-rooted history tied to the American Civil War. Though many would argue the entirety of the war is a black eye on American history, it's never a bad idea to gain unique and impressive insights. Plan your next trip to Arkansas and head for the northern region. You'll find charming and quaint towns and cities, each with their own Civil War story to tell.
West of Fayetteville by just 12 miles, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is an exceptional way to start your northern Arkansas Civil War tour. Sprawled across 64 acres, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove. Fought on December 7th, 1862, this battle saw a victorious Union Army, as it helped them to secure northwestern Arkansas.
Be sure to try the Battlefield Guided Walking Tour or the Historic House Guided Tour when you visit Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Just outside of Van Buren, Fort Smith National Historic Site is another premier Civil War site. Just one of the many impressive and must-see National Parks of Arkansas. Visit soon and check out Fort Smith which features a commissary building, and the courtroom of "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker.
North, closer to the Missouri border, is Eureka Springs. Visit this charming city and explore Pea Ridge National Military Park. Tour this historic site and learn all about the 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge. There is a nine-mile horseback riding trail, a visitors center, and a seven-mile hiking trail.
Arkansas Post National Memorial
First established in 1686, the Arkansas Post is the site of the first European settlement in Arkansas. Its location at the confluence of two rivers in the Mississippi River Delta made it an important gathering place for many cultures throughout the area’s history, including the Quapaw, Spanish, French, and American settlers. It was also the site of battles in the American Revolutionary War and Civil War.
Once protected by a series of forts, today the Arkansas Post is a 757-acre park, museum, and visitor center. Watch an orientation video in the museum, see historic weapon demonstrations, and sign up for Ranger-led tours. You’ll also find fishing, kids activities, and numerous paved and unpaved trails.
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers that fought at Battle of Pea Ridge in 1862, a pivotal battle that saved the state of Missouri for the Union. Today, this outdoor attraction and memorial is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the country. You can explore the 4,300-acre park by car, on foot, or on horseback.
Start your visit at the Pea Ridge National Military Park Museum, which features fascinating exhibits, a well-stocked bookstore, and a 28-minute orientation video. From there you can embark on a self-guided excursion through the battlefield, where dozens of interpretive exhibits illuminate the actions of Union and Confederate troops. Don’t miss the fully rebuilt replica of Elkhorn Tavern, which was a focal point of fighting during the battle.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Originally created in 1862, the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park preserves the Battle of Prairie Grove – a Civil War battle site. Found on the National Register of Historic Places, this northern Arkansas state park covers 64 acres, and is a short drive from nearby Fayetteville.
Set 12 miles southwest from Fayetteville, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park features several tours: the Geocache Tour, Driving Tour, Battlefield Guided Walking Tour, Historic House Guided Tour, and the Virtual Tour & History of the Battlefield. There are many Arkansas state parks – Prairie Grove is just one exceptional choice.
Located in the Ouachita Mountains, Pinnacle Mountain State Park is just miles outside of the city of Little Rock. Known for its cone shaped peak, Pinnacle Mountain sits high above the beautiful woodlands that encompass the 2,000 acres of state park. Littered with miles of hiking trails, the park is an ideal destination for Little Rock area residents to escape to nature. It's just one of the many excellent Arkansas state parks.
In addition to enjoying the natural beauty of the lands, visitors have the opportunity to engage in many recreational activities. Boat docks and a pier are located on the two rivers, Big and Little Mamelle, that run through the park for boating, canoeing and fishing. Picnic areas, a grass field and ample space to roam make Pinnacle Mountain perfect for a day or weekend away.