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Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park


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Green Area Availability : Not Scarce / Not Abundant
Green Area Access : Typical Access
Green Area Size : 5-10 min walk possible
Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Walking / Hiking Terrain : Gentle Inclines
Walking / Hiking Surface : Paved Trail

Prairie Grove Battlefied State Park was another very pleasant, dog-friendly experience at an Arkansas State Park.

The Battlefield Trail is a one-mile loop trail and we had planned an a quick 45-minute or so stop so The Chauffeur could satiate his history interest.  When we arrived we learned that not only was there going to be a guided tour in a few minutes, but that well-behaved leashed dogs were welcome.

So guess what?  Instead of a full visit focused on sniffing and scoping out squirrels, I got a history lesson.  The Chauffeur says Will the tour guide did an excellent job presenting the battle history (The Chauffeur apparently has read much on the subject).

I learned about "Old Bull" a dog that was the mascot for the Union artillery.  During the battle "Old Bull" started chasing the cannon balls fired by the Confederates and bouncing amongst his unit.  I guess tennis balls weren't army issue during the 1860s.  Happy ending was that "Old Bull" was not wounded.


Prospect's SignatureVisited March 21, 2011  2:30pm

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park


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Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park


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Leashed dogs are welcome on the 1 mile Battlefied Trail.  During our walk on the trail we meet Goldie the Italian Greyhound who lives nearby.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

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Tour Stop #1 - The Ravine


In this ravine there was considerable cavalry and infantry action.

Tour Stop #2 - Borden House


This is the second of two guided tour stops.  Atop a ridge over looking the valley from where the Union troops advanced, this stop was approximately where 4 Confederate artillery pieces were during the battle.

Below the Ridge


The trail loops around below the ridge where I found many squirrels to keep my interest.  I'm sure other traveling dogs stopping here will enjoy this stretch too.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park


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