• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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    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.


    Tickets for the “Moonlight Tour” will go on sale on August 9, 2014. The tour will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Tickets may be obtained in person at the Visitor Center or by mail (for a limited time).

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?

Position of Totten's Battery on Bloody Hill

Captain James Totten's Battery F, 2nd U.S. Artillery dueled with Captain William Woodruff's Pulaski Battery during the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Ironically, before the war James Totten had helped the members of Woodruff's Battery with their artillery training.