Blue Spring Heritage Center, Eureka Springs

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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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  • At this center they have built a nature center around a large natural spring with a large flow rate. The spring has been surrounded by a wall and pool built many years go, and it empties into the near...  more »
  • Kathy, the wedding planner was helpful with our wedding arrangements. We had a couple of bumps along the way with things like making sure there was electricity run to the pavilion and having people wa...  more »
  • Blue Spring is a 33-acre privately owned attraction containing native plants and hardwood trees in a setting of woodlands, meadows, and hillsides. It's on the National Register of Historic Places, hav...  more »
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  • I've previously left a review after I visited this past September but for some reason several of my reviews are no longer showing up...Anyway...I've been to this beautiful place several times over the years. As I get older I have realized the steep steps are becoming more of a challenge, so be prepared for quite a hike to get in and out. Also, we went in mid. September and the heat and humidity was harsh. Regardless, it's a beautiful place and the history there is interesting and very much worth the visit. If you do visit and need to cool off, there is a historical video to watch inside a building next to the entrance that is climate controlled and see it for free that tells you a LOT about the history of the place as well. The entrance fee is reasonable at $9.00 and the gift shop has lots of great items to browse through. Parking was free. I'm sure the next time I visit Eureka Springs I'll take my family and tour it again. Definitely recommend.
  • It was pretty. Price was kind of high at $10 for adults and 6 for kids. Might be nice in the summer months when more is blooming. Not a lot to do.
  • This is one of the must see places when visiting Eureka Springs Arkansas. If you love a good walk with lovely flowers all around and a river to cool your toes in, this is the place.
  • Absolutely beautiful!! So wonderful would recommend for all to see. Not a bad walk at all so wonderful flower gardens. And awesome history and facts to learn. Also get to feed the trout. Loved it!!
  • This is such a serene place to visit. Survived the floods well. Can't wait till spring for all the flowers. A real hidden gem in Eureka Springs.
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