• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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  • CONSTRUCTION ON INTERSTATE 44 AT EXIT 70

    Route MM is closed at Exit 70. Bridge reconstruction is scheduled at Exit 70 from Friday, August 8, 2014 to Monday, September 29, 2014. Visitors should exit I-44 at Highway 360 (exit 69), then exit 360 at MM Highway and continue south to US Highway 60. More »

  • FALL HOURS OF OPERATION

    Fall hours of operation for Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Tour Road hours will change to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Visitor Center hours will remain at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • HISTORIC JOHN RAY HOUSE CLOSED DURING ROOF REPLACEMENT

    The Ray House will be closed intermittently while a new cedar shake roof is installed. We regret the inconvenience, but the work is necessary for the preservation of the structure. The work is scheduled to be completed by September 15.

  • "CAMPAIGNS & POLITICS: THE CIVIL WAR IN 1864" LECTURE SERIES

    The National Park Service and the Springfield Library continue their observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial with a series of programs focusing on 1864. Open the current issue of "Bookends" Magazine (pdf file) in the link for a full schedule. More »

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fee

Entrance is defined as a person entering the battlefield by vehicle, bicycle or on foot. The entrance fee to the battlefield is $5.00 per adult to a maximum of $10.00 per vehicle, and may be paid in the Visitor Center with cash, debit or credit cards. Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week, year-round. The receipt is honored for seven days. An adult is defined as anyone 16 years old and older.

Tour Road hours vary according to season. After 5 p.m., when the Tour Road gate is open but the Visitor Center is closed, no entrance fee is required. Park brochures are available outside the Visitor Center in the brochure rack.

A Wilson's Creek annual park pass is available for $20. This is a Wilson's Creek-specific pass designed for this park only. The pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. The pass may be signed by two individuals. The pass applies to the pass holder and anyone in the pass holder's vehicle.

The America the Beautiful Passes are honored and sold/issued at the Visitor Center. Visitors must show a picture identification along with their Wilson's Creek annual park pass or America the Beautiful Pass to obtain a token to drive the Tour Road. Both the pass and the identification must be carried with the user while he/she is visiting the battlefield.

America the Beautiful (Interagency) Passes, valid for one year, grant entry to federally-operated sites throughout the country. Senior and Access Passes are still available under the America the Beautiful Program. Additionally, passes are now available to park volunteers giving 250 hours of service, and to active members of the military and their dependents.

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Did You Know?

Joseph Shelby

The term "brother against brother" is often used to describe the Civil War, but at Wilson's Creek it was literally true. Both Joseph Shelby (Missouri State Guard) and his stepbrother Cary Gratz (1st Missouri Infantry, U.S.) fought on Bloody Hill. Gratz was killed during the battle.