Pea Ridge National Military Battlefield Loop

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Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Battlefield Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Garfield, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 357 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips




historic site

This is the only unchanged part of the Trail of Tears. This can be hiked, biked, our auto toured at proper times for a small fee. There are horse trails that go through the park as well. You can get a map of these at the Visitor center.

Great paved trail for walking, running, or biking!

washed out
1 month ago

Walked along the majority of the horse trails; much of this is rocky, muddy, & uneven. Really great if you are a horse! Beautiful scenery all around, with the added benefit of learning something about history. The paved portion of the trail is an easy walk.

5 months ago

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10 months ago

Nice walk along the one way tour road. There are also off road walking and horse trails, but they were a little buggy, so we stuck to the paved road. There was very little traffic, so it was a pleasant walk.

Sat Apr 20 2019

I enjoyed my walk/hike here. Plenty of parking even with today being National Park Free Pass day. If you strictly follow the map here on AllTrails the 6.6 miles is a walk in a paved road that didn’t have much traffic on it. There is, however, several paths that are off the beaten path that get you off the road. I thought it was worth following some of them and explore a little. There were several bicyclists out riding today as it’s a nice loop to ride. Everything is well maintained and the path is pretty easy with the exception of one incline but nothing severe. Seeing some of the history gave an added touch as I’m a history buff.

Sat Feb 02 2019

i like trails with rewards and this is great if your a history buff.

Sun Oct 07 2018

Perfect place to run. First experience ran the loop, it's a little under 7 miles. Switched the shoes and went horse trail running and found a cool fox hole near the top of round mountain (see photos). The horse trails were well cut, a few overgrown weeds but nothing unmanageable. I didn't use any bug spray no ticks or chiggers. only downfall is that horse trail was unclear going up round mountain but overall a great experience.

Sun Aug 26 2018

Had a wonderful visit to Pea Ridge. Was warned by the staff that the hiking trails were very active with ticks and chiggers, so I opted to mostly stay on the paved trail. Anxious to go back later in the year and try the hiking trail. Lots of information on the battlefield and in the Visitors Center.

Sun Feb 04 2018

if you like history you'll enjoy the walk. it is basically a flat and paved surface even when you choose to go into the woods for a little while it doesn't appear to be a long stretch.

Mon May 22 2017

This is a nice walk in the woods, though it's not much a of a "hike." Be warned that, at this time of year, much of the designated hiking trail is overgrown to the point of being impassible. You can stick to the paved road and service roads and still have a nice trek, with the added bonus of some interesting and well-presented history. The open fields and wooden fences make for one of the nicest views in Northwest Arkansas on a clear day. Wildflowers, butterflies, and various birds were abundant on our visit. As is true everywhere this year, ticks are numerous and ferocious.

Sun Feb 12 2017

We didn't walk the whole trail today, just wandered through the field past the cannons, then up to the lookout. We did follow the trail from the lookout, along the ridge - lovely! No issues with tics, and we did scramble through the tall grass and some wooded areas off-trail. I will definitely be back to explore the whole loop.

Sun Jan 22 2017

The tick issues others have reported on is due to deer ticks, wear pantyhose under your garb and use repellent and you'll be fine. Stick to Military Road, paved multi-use road around the park, and ticks are not an issue. My husband and I logged 7.2 miles today (Saturday, 21 JAN 2017) sticking to the road, completing the route in 2.5 hours, which isn't bad considering our age, beat up bodies and general just wanting to enjoy the walk without competing against the clock.

Sat Dec 31 2016

Great for history, not so much for hiking. Make sure to wear tick repellant as this place is INFESTED. every single time I've gone! It IS however a fantastic place to ride loops on the bicycle for training!

Tue Aug 16 2016

Easy trail, lots of history, take your time

Mon Aug 15 2016

More of a walking trail, than hiking. This area has tons of history along the battlefield.

Tue Apr 19 2016

tick infested. 2 steps in 3 ticks. 5 mins in probably over 30. would have been a nice trail had it not been absolutely riddled with ticks.

Mon Sep 21 2015

This park has a driving trail and some horse trails. We walked on the horse trails and drove on the driving trails and went off trail a little to look at interesting things. The visitors center is great and the movie about the battle interesting. While walking on the horse trail near the creek I found and unfired 69 cal Minnie Ball. When I turned it in to the ranger at the visitor's center I thought she was more excited that I was. A good day.

Mon Sep 14 2015

An overlooked gem.

scenic driving
Fri Aug 07 2015

Great place for a family outing.

Thu Mar 19 2015

We had a great hike,, took our 5 yr old grand daughter and she just loved it

Wed Feb 11 2015

I have completed this Battlefield loop trail by both car and bicycle. Besides all the historical markers, at one point, there is a place to pull over and park for a scenic overlook. Informational signs tell you how many miles and direction to neighboring cities. Roundtop has another scenic overlook, from a viewing shelter, on a short walking trail from the overlook parking area. I remember finding a very small cave on a short trail behind the Elkhon Tavern.

Wed Nov 26 2014

Loved this area and spending time here . Great day!

Thu Jan 02 2014

In addition to the vistor's center and historical buildings, a must is the Headwater Creek Nature Trail. It is a great scenic hike.

road biking
Wed Jul 04 2012

Fun and easy little trip. Great spot for beginners in biking. We had a picnic on the trip as well. I only rated 3 stars as the scenery becomes "boring" and repetitive after a while. I will do it again in the fall as there are trees everywhere with some great scenic shots.

scenic driving
Sun Mar 11 2012

A nice scenic drive. Scenery is common. Markers along the way tell the story of the Civil War. An interesting place from a historical point of view.

mountain biking
Thu Nov 25 2010

Only rated a 3 star because of commonality of the scenery, would rate a 5 star for history. Easy hike through Pea Ridge National historic sites. Hike focuses on the history of the Civil War Battlefield. Several historic markers, we took our time studying the history. Easy bike trip. Great family outing. We had picnic lunch on the trail. Entry fee to the park.

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