As of May 7, 2020, the park has reopened to allow recreational access and some limited face-to-face programming.
- Entry fees are waived.
- Tour road, battlefield, and trails (including horseback riding) are open. For updates, visit https://www.nps.gov/wicr/learn/news/index.htm
- The temporary visitor center and bookstore remain closed in response to federal guidelines for Coronavirus/COVID-19.
- The permanent visitor center, bookstore, museum, and library remain closed because of ongoing renovations.
Visitors can stop at the kiosk near main entry gate for park passport stamps and Junior Ranger books. Kiosk generally is staffed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
If the kiosk is unstaffed, 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 kiosk. 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.
- See instructions below for a cell-phone/audio tour with additional information about points of interest.
- 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.
The battle of Wilson's Creek Anniversary
The anniversary of the battle is observed with a special program and ceremony each year on August 10.
The "Moonlight Tours" Living History program occurs in the fall. This program requires advance tickets and is not included as part of the regular admission charge. [2020's Moonlight Tours will be VIRTUAL online programming only, as a precaution against spread of COVID-19. Check the events calendar on our website and and our Facebook page's events listings for updated information on this VIRTUAL online event.]
Holiday Luminary Driving Tour
An annual luminary driving tour occurs in early December each year. Luminaries are placed along the 4.9-mile tour road to honor those 2,539 soldiers of the North and South who were killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. The program also includes optional stops to view holiday decorations at the Ray House and music from carolers. [The Holiday Luminary Tour is pending and may be cancelled, postponed or modified in 2020 as a precaution against spread of COVID-19.]
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.
Cell phone/audio tour
- The cell phone/audio tour provides facts and fascinating stories related to the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the people who lived and fought here at the time of the Civil War.
- To listen to any of the short audio clips, call 1-417-521-0055 and follow the prompts.
- At each numbered stop (below), use the phone number above and dial in, then either during or after the introduction, select the #(pound) key, and enter the single-digit number of the appropriate stop on your phone.
- Dial 0 to learn about our Special Events.
- Dial 1 for an introduction to the events leading up to the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
- Dial 2 to learn more about the Ray family.
- Dial 3 to learn more about the significance of the historic Ray Home.
- Dial 4 to learn more about slavery in Missouri at the time of the Civil War.
- Dial 5 to learn about the historic Wire Road.
- Dial 6 to learn about the Edwards family.
- Dial 7 to learn about Brigadier General Sterling Price of the Missouri State Guard’s Headquarters during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
- Dial 8 to learn more about the Sharp family and their experiences during the battle.
- Dial 9 to learn the significance of Bloody Hill.
- Dial 10 to learn about Totten’s Battery and the role of artillery at Wilson’s Creek.
- Dial 11 to learn about the death of General Nathaniel Lyon, his memorial marker and the battle reunions held on the battlefield in the late-1800s.
- Dial 12 to learn more about the sinkhole where at least 30 battle dead were buried.
You may leave comments about your experience at the battlefield and about your Cell Phone Tour by dialing *0 at the end of any audio clip segment.
CELL PHONE TOUR BROCHURE (DOWNLOAD & PRINT)