Map of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in Missouri
Basic information for visitors to the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield In southwestern Missouri, near Springfield.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in southwestern Missouri, near Springfield.
On August 10, 1861, the first major Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River was fought at this site. It was a battle of more than 5,000 Union troops and 10,000 Confederates; the former lost General Nathanial Lyon, the first Union leader, while the latter emerged victorious. Today, with the exception of the vegetation, the 1,750-acre battlefield has changed little from its historic setting. Major sites include a 5-mi tour road, the restored 1852 Ray House, and "Bloody Hill," the scene of the major battle. The site was authorized as a national battlefield park in 1960 and redesignated in 1970.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Hiking, touring battlefield and Ray House. Facilities: Visitor center, outdoor interpretive exhibits, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trails. Bookstore, covered picnic tables. Programs & Events: Self-guided auto tour, self-guided tours of Bloody Hill. Living-history programs and Ray House tours (weekends Memorial Day-Labor Day). Battle anniversary (Aug. 10). Tips & Hints: Plan to spend at least two hours. Busiest May-Aug., least crowded in Nov. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
H Hotel: None in park. In Springfield: Clarion (3333 S. Glenstone St., tel. 417/883-6550; 195 rooms; $70-$90). X Restaurants: None in park. In Springfield: Hemingways Restaurant (1935 S. Campbell Ave., 4th fl. Bass Pro Shop, tel. 417/891-5100; $5-$10; no dinner Sun.), Zios Italian Kitchen (1249 E. Kingsley St., tel. 417/889-1919; $5-$10). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Springfield: Bass Pro Shops (1935 S. Campbell Ave., tel. 417/887-7334). In Republic: Price Cutter (1013 U.S. 60 E, tel. 417/732-2828).
FEES & HOURS
Entrance fee: $3 adults, free ages 17 and under, $5 per vehicle. Park open daily 8-5; extended hours in summer. Visitor center open daily 8--5.
HOW TO GET THERE
18 mi southwest of Springfield via 1-44 and Exit 70 (Rte. MM), Rte. ZZ south, and Farm Rd. 182; and via U.S. 60/65, Rte. 14, Rte. ZZ, and Farm Rd. 182. Closest airport: Springfield.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Basic information for visitors to the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield In southwestern Missouri, near Springfield