Prairie Grove is recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields. The park protects the battle site and interprets the Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier resulting in about 2,700 casualties in a day of fierce fighting. This marked the last major Civil War engagement in northwest Arkansas. Walk along the ridge and in the valley where the heaviest fighting took place. Take the one-mile Battlefield Trail or travel the park's five-mile Driving Tour. Tour the historic structures in the Ozark village. Park exhibits, tours and programs describe the battle and its local effect here in the Ozarks. The park hosts Arkansas's largest battle re-enactment biennially in even-numbered years during the first weekend of December. The next re-enactment will be held December 4-5, 2010 which will commemorate the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. Activities will include guided tours through Union, Confederate and civilian camps; military drills conducted by re-enactors; cooking, spinning and lace-making demonstrations; and living history programs. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. each day, battle demonstrations will feature charges and counterattacks by Union and Confederate infantry and cavalry on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House.
The visitor center is really really nice. We did the paved loop and it was full of historic information along the way. We ended up running into an employee half way through and stood and talked to him about the park and area and he was so full of knowledge. This is a must see...even if you don't like war stories...just the history is amazing. Oh...and all the cool old buildings along the way
Prairie Grove is a must see if you have an interest in the Civil War. Nice restorations of a number of period buildings. Nice little visitor center. Close to Devils Den state Park, a really nice state park. Recommended for all. Great for kids
Been there twice. The have a nice battle reenactment every two years.