Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic

4.7
Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in combat. The bloody Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused greater national attention on the war in Missouri. The nearly pristine landscape allows visitors to experience one of the best-preserved battlefields in the nation.
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  • We are from Fredericksburg VA Crossroads of the Civil War. This park compares favorably to any of the Battlefields back East. Well kept grounds. Knowledgeable Rangers and wonderful museum.  more »
  • General Lyon was a distant relative so really enjoyed the visit. Self-guided tour was very informative and the tour of the Ray House was outstanding. The only downside is that all the trees really mak...  more »
  • This national battlefield preserves the August 1861 battle that shaped the Civil War in Missouri. The park has a surprisingly nice museum and a brand new 20 minute film - very good. Nice gift shop and...  more »
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  • This is one of the better National Parks I have visited. The museum is excellent. The film is a bit long but very informative-it made the trip around the fighting area much more real. Bloody Ridge became a very real place. Our grandchildren 11 and 7 loved running up and down the hills and playing soldier with their new canteens and caps. One went Blue and the other Gray. This led to an excellent discussion about whether the North or the South was right. The docent who told us about the hospital did an excellent job and the hospital/home was well decorated with period pieces. We had a great time.
  • 5-mile loop with 8 stops. Narrated tour via phone (dial number associated with different points along the tour) is helpful and interesting. Some weekends there are live re-enactments. Serene and yet haunting place with many short hikes available. Exercisers use the loop as well.
  • Terrific place for walking, running, and especially cycling. I see others riding on horseback on extensive trails. Few places with challenging and fast-paced hills exist for cycling without vehicle traffic, so this is a gem. The museum and history are also a great plus.
  • This is an amazing site. I had chills and got emotional walking/driving around the battlefield. It almost felt like soldiers would come out of the woods at any minute and resume fighting. The battlefield is well preserved as are the houses and out buildings. There are lots of lovely trails. The driving path around the battlefield is 5 miles or you can walk it if you want. It is $20 per carload to get into three battlefield area but the visitor's center and museum are free. The museum has wonderful displays about the battle at Wilson's Creek as well as Missouri's role in the Civil War. There is also an excellent video that's about 30 minutes long that you can watch as well. The gift shop has some great stuff (books and civil war era toys). There is also an area for picnics and some vending machines. Bathroom facilities are only available at the visitor's center and they are very clean as well! This is one site you really shouldn't miss!
  • Pretty good. We actually got in for free because it was after 5, but I don't think it was supposed to be free. The parking and roads are nice, and so are the trails. And you can really get to know the knowledge about the battle that happened here.
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