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Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Park Information

The Confederates under Gen. Sterling Price may have taken the fort, but Union efforts at Fort Davidson in the Battle of Pilot Knob were crucial to blunting the last Confederate offensive into Missouri. Fort Davidson State Historic Site preserves and interprets the running battle through the Arcadia Valley. The site’s open, grassy fields include the fort’s old earthworks, two Confederate burial trenches, and a visitor center with a narrated story of the battle and its context within the Civil War.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds:

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Visitor Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Nov. 30
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day)
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Dec. 1 through April 15
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (with the exception of New Year's and Christmas days). 

Free tours are offered during these times.

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