Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Reopens

The National Park Service announced they are reopening the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield for recreational access.

The Battlefield will open the tour road, the battlefield, and trails including the horseback riding trails with entry fees waived.

“Park staff look forward to welcoming visitors back to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield for outdoor recreation and reflection,” Acting Superintendent Russ Runge said in a press release. “We appreciate the enthusiasm those in the community have for our park. We encourage visitors to follow social distancing guidelines and other good hygiene practices. With health and safety in mind, we are working on plans to increase face-to-face services and special programs safely in the months to come.”

There are still a number of closed facilities at the Battlefield including the temporary visitor center and bookstore, along with the permanent visitor center and museum which had previously been closed for renovations.

All programs, including Arts in the Park, have been canceled through the end of May.

While portable restrooms with hand-washing stations will be available, all trash cans are locked or removed, so visitors will have to take all their trash with them when leaving the park.

Full park operations will be phased in at the decision of the National Park Service.

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