Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blue Spring Heritage Center - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

One of the most beautiful spots in the South is a deep, clear, blue spring just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Now the focal point of the Blue Spring Heritage Center and once known as Eureka Gardens, Blue Spring is nestled in a charming and historic setting. One of the deepest springs in Arkansas, Blue Spring is known to be over 500 feet deep.

Surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, the spring is particularly beautiful in spring and will open for the season on Sunday, March 15. The admission price is $7.25 for adults, $4 for students ages 10-17. Children under 10 are admitted free.

Blue Spring has been a point of interest for thousands of years. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest known human habitation in Arkansas beneath a rock shelter overlooking the spring. Hundreds of Cherokee camped there on the Trail of Tears during the 1830s and both soldiers and guerrilla raiders drank water from the spring during the Civil War.

To learn more about this beautiful park and heritage center near Eureka Springs in Northwest Arkansas, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/eureka3.

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