For further information, please click here.


Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will increase its entrance fees during the week of October 19, 2015. The new fees will change from $5 to $7 per adult, $10 to $15 per vehicle and $20 to $30 for a twelve-month annual park pass. A new motorcycle fee of $10 will now be charged. The park's entrance permit is valid for seven days. Youth under the age of 16 are free.

The fee increase was approved in March 2015, after a period of public comment during the winter of 2014-2015. The change is consistent with other National Parks with similar resources and visitor experiences. A reciprocal agreement between Wilson's Creek National Battlefield and Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwest Arkansas was approved. Visitors can visit both sites with a valid receipt from either park within seven days.

Revenues will be kept at the park to be used for projects having a direct visitor benefit. Examples of past projects include the new visitor center exhibits featuring objects and photographs from the park collections, informational displays on the Bloody Hill Trail, and cannons to be placed at historic artillery locations throughout the battlefield.

"We hope the rate increase will be embraced by park visitors for the benefit of the battlefield," remarked Superintendent T. John Hillmer, Jr. "Even with the in with the increase, Wilson's Creek is still a great value compared to other attractions in the area."


On the eve of our centennial, the employees of the National Park Service have imagined our second century of public service and charted a path to help us achieve that vision.

A Call to Action offers tangible, concrete ways for us to work together to transform our organization to make sure that we are ready for a future that is, in so many ways, different from our past. It includes bold new ideas and expands on terrific ideas that are already field-tested.

A Call to Action also signals the start of a strategic integration of national parks and National Park Service community-based programs. This will increase our reach and better leverage our resources to invite the American people to learn more about our mission and join us in the stewardship of our nation's most incredible places.

Every park, every program, every employee, and every partner has a role in this Call to Action. For it to succeed, for the National Park Service to succeed, we need your creativity, innovation, and dedication to make these action items real in your park or your program.

In this watershed moment, like no other time in our history, we have an opportunity to reflect on, celebrate, and build on our accomplishments as we prepare to serve for a second century. Please answer the call. For more information, click here.

Director Jon Jarvis



Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Visitor Center Interpretive Film

The Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation and Wide Awake Films of Kansas City have produced a new 29-minute interpretive film about the August 1861 campaign. The film is currently being shown in the Visitor Center. An extended version is now available for purchase. Photos from the filming may be seen by clicking here.


Did You Know?