The visitor center, tour road, battlefield, and trails are open. The library is open 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.
- Entrance fees are required.
- Tour road, battlefield, and trails (including horseback riding) are open. For updates, visit https://www.nps.gov/wicr/learn/news/index.htm
- The visitor center, bookstore, museum, and library remain closed because of ongoing renovations.
Visitors can stop at the brochure rack near main entry gate for park passport stamps and Junior Ranger books.
Visitors can call the park's main number (417-732-2662) or contact the roving ranger, who can arrange to meet them in the park and assist them with passport stamps, etc. The phone number for the roving ranger is posted at the bulletin board/brochure rack. Roving rangers also are in park 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to help with visitor services.
See the events calendar on our website for upcoming public programs.
Self-Guided Driving or Walking Tours
- The 4.9-mile, paved tour road allows visitors to take a self-guided auto tour with eight interpretive stops at significant locations.
- The tour road includes a pedestrian lane for walkers, runner, or cyclists.
- Click here for the main park map.
- Click here for virtual tours of the battlefield.
Trails for walking, hiking, and horseback riding
- Five walking trails are accessible from the tour road and vary in length from 1/4 to 3/4 of a mile. The tour road also includes a pedestrian lane for walkers, runner, or cyclists.
- A 7-mile trail system for horseback riding and hiking is accessible from the tour road. Parking specifically for horse trailers is accessible from the tour road.
- Click here for the recreational user guide map.
The Ray House
The Ray House, dating from the 1850s, served as a temporary field hospital for Southern soldiers following the battle. General Nathaniel Lyon's body was brought to the house and placed in a bed for examination. The Ray House is open daily (subject to staff and volunteer availability) between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
If you plan to visit the park and would like to check the programming schedule for the Ray House, please call the park's main number (417-732-2662) the day of your visit. Because of COVID-19 precautions and current staffing considerations, the park's summer ranger programs vary daily.
Living History Programs
Living History programs depicting Civil War soldier life, musket and artillery firing demonstrations, Civil War medicine, and other related topics are presented from Memorial Day to Labor Day on selected weekends (subject to staff and volunteer availability).
If you would like to check the programming schedule for Living History Programs, please check the events calendar on our website and and our Facebook page's events listing.You also may call the park's main number (417-732-2662). Because of COVID-19 precautions and current staffing considerations, many of the park's summer ranger programs do not have a set schedule.