DescriptionThe battle of Wilson's Creek took place Aug. 10, 1861. Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon was the first Union general to die in battle during the Civil War. A 5-mile, self-guiding driving tour passes eight wayside exhibits and 12 displays. A .6-mile hiking trail leads to Bloody Hill, the major battle site. The Ray House and Ray Springhouse have been restored to their 1861 appearance. Living-history programs are presented regularly on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Allow 2 hours minimum. Park open daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Memorial Day-Labor Day; 8-7, early Apr.-day before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day-late Oct.; 8-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission $7 (per private vehicle with one adult); maximum charge $15 (per private vehicle with more than one adult); free (ages 0-15). For more information write the Superintendent, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, 6424 W. Farm Rd. 182, Republic, MO 65738-0403. Phone (417) 732-2662.
Things to SeeWilson's Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center