• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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    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 »


    The Ray House will be closed intermittently through the fall of 2014 while a new roof is installed. We regret any inconvenience. Visitors may wish to call the Visitor Center at (417) 732-2662, ext. 227 to check on the status of the project.


    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 »

Plan Your Visit

The battlefield is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The battlefield closes at Noon on December 24 (Christmas Eve).

Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Park (Tour Road) hours change according to season. The 2014 Tour Road schedule is given below:

January 1-April 5
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

April 6-May 23
8 a.m.-7 p.m.

May 24-September 1
8 a.m.-9 p.m.

September 2-October 25
8 a.m.-7 p.m.

October 26-December 31
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tour Road hours signs are located at the front gate, on the arm of the Tour Toad entrance gate, and next to the Tour Road entrance gate.


As a unit of the National Park System, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is committed to the protection of our resources, as well as providing visitors with a safe park experience. For these reasons, the use of metal detectors are prohibited; buildings, plants, and natural features should not be disturbed; pets must be on a leash not more than six feet long and are not allowed in buildings; horses are restricted to authorized trails, and speed limits and other traffic laws must be obeyed. All accidents should be reported to park headquarters. For information on carrying firearms at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, click here.

Other safety considerations for your visit include

  • Summer months are frequently hot and humid. Take water and wear a hat, sturdy shoes and protective clothing when hiking the trails.
  • Ticks, chiggers and stinging insects are common. Use repellent and check yourself for ticks during and after your outing.
  • Swimming in Wilson Creek or any water source is not recommended. Jumping from trees or banks is prohibited.
  • Drinking water from any source except water fountains is not recommended.
  • If walking, biking, or jogging, stay inside the six-foot-wide lane that is specifically marked for those activities. Skates and skateboards are prohibited.
  • Climbing on cannons is hazardous. Stay off.
  • Poison ivy is abundant in many areas. Familiarize yourself with this plant and avoid contact with it.
  • Park only in designated areas. When leaving your car, lock your vehicle and store all valuables out of view.
  • Hunting is prohibited. All wildlife is protected. Do not pick flowers and plants. Some fruits and nuts may be gathered, but check at the Visitor Center first.

Did You Know?

Sterling Price

Sterling Price, commander of the Missouri State Guard, had already served as governor of Missouri, a member of Congress, and a U.S. Army brigadier general by the time of Wilson's Creek.