The oranges and reds of autumn are on display during these warm days
and cool nights at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Visitors who
explore the interconnected trails will be rewarded with cooler weather and
pockets of deciduous trees, which change to rich reds, orange, and yellow
in the fall. You can bring history alive as you visit the battlefield and
experience the environment that has been preserved for all America.
Whether your mode of transportation is walking, jogging, biking, horseback
riding, and/or how the majority of our over 150,000 visitors enjoy the
park, driving in your favorite vehicle, you will not be disappointed as you
experience the battlefield as the soldiers did on that morning of August
10, 1861.

The battlefield has several key interpretive media and artifacts to
assist you in creating a memorable experience for your visit: the finest
Trans-Mississippi River collection of artifacts in the United States, an
electric map that describes battle tactics, the largest Civil War library
in the National Park Service system, a great Visitor Center to assist you
with your visit, the friendliest Park Rangers, a 26 minute film (new), and
a 5-mile tour road with eight wayside stops to explain what occurred on
that warm and humid morning of August 10, 1861.

Whether you drive or walk, your visit to the park will be filled with
the spectacular autumn colors. One can almost hear the soldiers wake from
their shelters, prepare the morning coffee as they look around the camp
sites with the morning fog laying low to the ground with the sun streaming
through the trees. Come out to the battlefield to learn about the history
of this special place located in the greater Springfield area.

Administered by the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National
Battlefield preserves the site of the first major engagement of the Civil
War in the West. The site is considered to be one of the best-preserved
battlefields in the National Park System. The battlefield is located
10-miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, at the intersection of Highway
ZZ and Farm Road 182. More information can be obtained by calling (417)

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