Picnic Area

at Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

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shady picnic area and playground


Nestled in a 1960s reforestation pinery near the visitor center, you will find a picnic and playground area. The site’s peaceful setting offers a great place for a quick picnic or an afternoon gathering of friends and family.

Picnic Shelters

There are three small open shelters and one larger shelter, and while all are largely ADA accessible, the larger one is maintained as such. The small shelters accommodate 10 people each, and the larger shelter will accommodate 20 people. Water and electricity are available at or near each site, and modern restrooms are nearby as well. The big shelter can be reserved for $40 a day. All four shelters can be reserved together for $150.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter or check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the historic site at 573-546-3454.

*Shelters can be reserved online from 30 days to 12 months in advance of the day of use. Reservations for arrival dates less than 30 days out can be made only by contacting the park.


The playground area includes a multi-function set and tot-swings. A small "fort" for children to re-create the battle scene is also nearby.