Blue Spring Heritage Center
This beautifully landscaped
site near Eureka Springs is
one of the most scenic places
in Arkansas.
The Cherokee Trail of Tears
Blue Spring was a campsite
on the tragic Cherokee Trail
of Tears.
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Blue Spring Heritage Center, Arkansas
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Blue Spring Heritage Center, Arkansas
Blue Spring Heritage Center - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Blue Spring Heritage Center
Beautiful Blue Spring near Eureka Springs is one of
the deepest springs in Arkansas and is a noted
historical, scenic and archaeological site.
Arkansas History and Scenery
More than 500 feet deep and the centerpiece
of a beautifully landscaped setting, Blue
Spring is one of the most scenic historic
sites in
Arkansas. Open to the public during
the spring, summer and fall months, the Blue
Spring Heritage Center is located off U.S.
Highway 62 West about six miles northwest
of
Eureka Springs.

Archaeological research indicates that a rock
shelter overlooking the spring was inhabited
by early Native American hunters thousands
of years before Christ. They were probably
attracted by the wildlife and clear, cool water
of the natural spring. Blue Spring remained
an important landmark for Native Americans
for thousands of years and quickly attracted
the attention of the pioneers who settled in
the region during the early 1800s.

The spring was an important stopping point
on the Cherokee Trail of Tears and many of
the unfortunate people of that nation camped
here on their way to the new "Indian Territory"
of present-day
Oklahoma. An interpretive
sign near the spring explains its role in the
great tragedy.

Blue Spring became the centerpiece of a
small but prosperous community during the
decades before the Civil War. The run from
the stream was used to power a mill that
served residents from throughout the region.
It was destroyed during the war, but rebuilt in
later years. Exhibits explain its history and
traces can still be seen.

Today, Blue Spring is the center of a beautiful
heritage center that preserves the setting and
provides interpretive information on its rich
history. A visitor center provides exhibits and
displays artifacts relating to the spring and
landscaped pathways lead through the
grounds and around the clear, deep water.
Interpretive signs provide information about
different events in the history of the spring as
well as the unique natural setting itself. Blue
Spring is particularly beautiful during the
spring blooming season and fall leaf turn.
There is also a monument to President Bill
Clinton on the grounds.

To reach the park, just go west from
Eureka
Springs on U.S. 62 and watch for the signs.
The entrance is about six miles from
downtown.

For more information,
please click here to
visit their official website.
Oldest Home in Arkansas?
This rock shelter overlooking
Blue Spring has revealed
traces of what archaeologists
believe was the old human
habitation site in Arkansas.
Gurney's 125 x 125
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