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Blue Spring Heritage Center, Eureka Springs

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
The Blue Spring Heritage Center, formerly the Eureka Springs Gardens, is a 33acre tourist attraction containing native plants and hardwood trees in a setting of woodlands, meadows, and hillsides. It is located at Highway 62 West, five miles (8 km) west of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA, and open daily to the public during warmer months for a fee.The spring pours 38 million US gallons (140,000 m³) of water daily into the trout-filled lagoon. Blue Spring has been a tourist attraction since 1948, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places for its archaeological significance as a site occupied between the Early Archaic and the Mississippian periods.Historians from several Indian nations, including the Tsalagi (Cherokee), Osage and Quapaw, say their people have been making journeys to, and living intermittently at Blue Spring for tens of thousands of years. Artifacts excavated at the Blue Spring Shelter support this, as they date back to between 8000 B.C. and A.D. 1500.Blue Spring Cliff ShelterThe American Indian people who lived here in ancient times are known as the ‘Bluff Dwellers’. These indigenous people populated not only the Blue Spring area, but much of the Ozark Mountains. They lived beneath giant bluff shelters such as this one. As most human beings of their time, they hunted, gathered, and planted. Tools, clothes and many other necessary items were made from many native plants and animals available to them. They also traded goods with other Indian nations.Indigenous people who lived here between 500 B.C. and A.D. 900 continued to hunt, gather, plant and trade, though planting gardens had become a more prominent activity. With over 62% of the world’s food having been developed by American Indians, it is no surprise that the Indians of the Ozarks domesticated maygrass, lamb’s quarter, knotweek, sumpweek, sunflower, squash, and strains of little barley. The bottomlands and terraces of the White River provided fertile garden spots for the indigenous occupants of the Blue Spring Shelter.
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  • We went on a VERY hot day, which is probably why I did not rate this a 4, but if you're looking for a beautiful place to take a walk or a jog, this would be ideal. The rock formations are very cool as...  read more »
  • This is really more like an arboretum or botanical garden than an educational heritage center. And even as a botanical garden it was pretty boring and unimpressive. There is just almost no information...  read more »
  • My husband and I decided to stop in and have a look around. The film was informative/interesting and the walk was very scenic. 
  • This is a must see! Beautiful and amazing place to visit. Kids would LOVE this and you can gice them a bit of a history lesson.
  • It was the highlight of our trip 2 Arkansas! God's creation is absolutely beautiful! I recommend anyone in the area to go see this beautiful place.
  • This is one of the most intriguing places I've seen in my life.if your ever in eureka springs don't leave without visiting is a glimmer of how heaven will be.such a magnificent place .to me its a 10 star.
  • Wonderful to just walk and take in all the natural beauty.
  • Most amazing place I've been I'd live there if they would met me
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