Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

Park Information

State park and historic site day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails, and will continue to operate under normal off-season hours. Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff, including the closure of visitor centers, nature centers, offices and museums. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here. A full list of temporary closures can be found here.

Today, the Arcadia Valley in Iron County is a peaceful setting in one of Missouri’s most scenic areas. But in September 1864, the valley was the scene of one of the largest and most hard-fought battles waged on the state’s soil—the Battle of Pilot Knob. During the battle, Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price led an army of 8,000 men against the Union post of Fort Davidson at Pilot Knob.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site preserves Fort Davidson and the battlefield where so many Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives. A visitor center and museum interprets the conflict with exhibits, audiovisual presentations and a fiber optics diorama of the battle. The site’s playground, picnic area and hiking trail provide relaxing ways to spend the afternoon.

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 Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day).

Free tours are offered during these times.

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April 16 through Nov. 30
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Closed Thanksgiving Day

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • Dec. 1 -through April 15
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
    Closed Christmas and New Year’s days