The visitor center, tour road, battlefield, and trails are open. Library is open by appointment only until January 4th, 2022.
- 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 are open (see operating hours for current hours of operation).
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. The Ray House will close for the winter on December 1st and reopen for tours on April 1st.
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.
Things to do at Missouri National Parks
Go for a paddle in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Learn about the life and legacy of US Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Harry S Truman, and Ulysses S. Grant. Explore the contributions of scientist, humanitarian, and educator George Washington Carver. These are just a few of the many things to do at the national parks in Missouri. Click on this link to find things to do for each park followed by insider planning tips.