Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

Park Information

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

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Historic Site Grounds:

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Visitor Center hours

Current Temporary Hours
  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Nov. 1 through April 15

    Noon to 4 p.m., Friday
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
    Closed Monday through Thursday
    Closed Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas and New Year's days

Free tours are offered during these times.

Regular Hours
  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Nov. 30
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily (with the exception of Thanksgiving and day after Thanksgiving)  
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Dec. 1 through April 15

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 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. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Closed Thanksgiving and day after Thanksgiving

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