Northwest Arkansas has a rich,
historical trail system that you can explore by foot, bicycle or
car. Whether you are interested in retracing the steps along the
Trail of Tears, tracking old Civil
War Troop movements or following the path of the Butterfield
Stagecoach Trail, you can find the maps and information you
Butterfield Trail Brochures
Butterfield Stage Coach Driving brochures are available at the Fayetteville
Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Air Museum, Fayetteville Town Center, Springdale
Chamber of Commerce, Shiloh Museum, Lowell City Administration Building, Lowell
Historical Museum, Withrow Springs State Park, Bentonville/Bella Vista Tourist
Information Center, Siloam Springs Tourist Information Center, and at the Bentonville
A & P Commission, or by calling Marilyn Heifner at 479-587-9944.
Heritage Trail Partners, Inc. Welcomes You to Our Website.
Our goal is to help you learn, enjoy and explore the historic trails
of Northwest Arkansas.
Northwest Arkansas Heritage Trail is a regional network of bicycle and
pedestrian facilities connecting residents to our rich heritage, our
recreational and cultural assets, a healthier lifestyle, and to each
Recent & Upcoming News & Events:
Butterfield Overland Mail Interpretive Marker
Heritage Trail Partners will dedicate a Butterfield Overland Mail interpretive marker Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Garfield. The ceremony will take place at Elkhorn Tavern, near a section of the original road used by the Butterfield Overland Mail Company from 1858 to 1861 to transport passengers and mail along a 2,800-mile route from Tipton, Missouri, to San Francisco, California.
The dedication will include remarks by John McLarty, president of Heritage Trail Partners; Hon. Jackie Crabtree, mayor of Pea Ridge; and John Scott, superintendent of Pea Ridge National Military Park. Refreshments will be served, and a replica stagecoach will be on display. Those attending the dedication will need to check in at the park visitor center before proceeding to Elkhorn Tavern. Park entrance fees will be waived for those attending the event.
For more information, contact John McLarty, 479-751-7125;
Battle of Pea Ridge Reenactment Weekend
The Battle of Pea Ridge Reenactment Weekend 2013 will include battles Friday afternoon , Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday afternoon March 22 - 24, 2013. Other activities include a Ladies Tea, Civil War Symposium on the Western War, a Saturday night supper, and a Period Grand Ball. Click here for more…
National Park Service to Hold National Trail Meetings in Fayetteville and Fort Smith
Representatives of the National Park Service (NPS) will be in Fayetteville and Fort Smith AR on April 11 to hold public input sessions on the proposed Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Route National Trail. [Click here for more…]
The Butterfield Overland Mail
Route Fayetteville Segments Historic District has
been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [More...]
Federal & State Legislation impacts Heritage Trail Partners
Federal and State legislation at the end of March, 2009,
were good news for the Heritage Trail Partners. [More...]
Driver's Guide to the Butterfield Overland Mail Route
New book available locally.
The Heritage Trail Partners are proud to announce the release of the
first in a three volume series tracing the route of the Butterfield
Overland Mail Ox Bow Route 1858 - 1861. [More...]
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Butterfield Overland Mail Podcast
In honor of the Butterfield Stagecoach sesquicentennial,
John McLarty, assistant director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional
Planning Commission, and Susan Young, Shiloh Museum outreach coordinator,
team up to discuss the history of the stagecoach and the modern-day
roadways the stagecoach route follows. John and Susan are both on the
board of Heritage Trail Partners. Recorded August 20, 2008 at
the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.
here to visit the Shiloh Museum website...]
Area Experts to Teach About Historic Trails in Region
Three historic trails lead to a workshop for teachers on May 15 — the
Butterfield Trail Stagecoach route, the Trail of Tears traveled by
the Cherokee Nation and Civil War troop routes through Northwest Arkansas.
National Park Service backs Butterfield Trail bill
National Park Service officials on Wednesday (4/9) endorsed
a bill to study upgrading the historic Butterfield Trail. A Park Service
official told a Senate panel the agency supported legislation to determine
whether the 2,800-mile trail that cuts through western Arkansas should
be designated a national historic trail. [Read
More at the Arkansas News Bureau…]
Trail of Tears'
Bell & Benge Routes Called Significant
A National Park Service draft study confirms the two routes have
a place in history. A park-service report calls the routes “historically significant” and
finds that they meet all the necessary criteria to be incorporated into the National
Historic Trail System. [Read
Heritage Trail Partners provide Congressional Testimony
national campaign is underway to win official recognition of the Butterfield
Overland Trail. [More…]