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 six people and the larger shelter will accommodate 15 to 20 people. Water and electric are available at or near each site and modern restrooms are nearby as well. The large shelter can be reserved for $40 a day. All of the shelters can be reserved for $150.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter, contact the historic site to check for availability by calling 573-546-3454. If a shelter is available, fill out the Shelter Reservation Application and mail it to the historic site for approval. Submission of this application does not guarantee reservation of the shelter.


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.