Park Trails

at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site

Courage Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .6 Mile View map

Courage Trail is a gravel trail that provides visitors with an easy walk to learn more about the Battle of Island Mound and the prairie landscape that is being restored at the site. Wayside exhibits along the trail interpret the first battle where African-American troops were engaged in combat in the Civil War; the national significance of the event; the people involved with the battle; and how fire was used to shape the landscape and used strategically in the battle. The trail also passes by a monument dedicated to the soldiers who fought at the battle.

You may encounter:

  • Natural surface - dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rock, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.6 mile 20 minutes Loop Blue At main parking area